Rapper J.Cole recently surprised fans with a documentary exclusively available on Tidal called “Eyez,” which includes two new tracks (which may very well be on his upcoming album) on which he definitely does not bite his tongue. The songs that have people in a frenzy are “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies.” In both songs, he seemingly takes numerous shots at rappers in the industry. The question is: who exactly is he talking about?
In “False Prophets,” he seems to be throwing shade saying:
“Maybe it’s my fault for idolizing n*****/Based off the words they be rappin’/ But come to find out, these n***** don’t even write they s***/ Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite the s***/ Damn, that’s what I get for lyin’ to myself/Well, f*** it, what’s more important is he’s cryin’ out for help/ While the world’s eggin’ him on, I’m beggin’ him to stop it/And playin’ his old shit, knowin’ he won’t top it, false prophets.”
Due to the line accusing rappers of not writing their own rhymes, many people speculated that he’s taking shots at Canadian rapper, Drake. Others are speculating that he’s talking about Kanye West.
In the song “Everybody Dies,” J.Cole continues to let the shade roll right off of his tongue. Again, we don’t know exactly who he was talking about, but this time it’s safe to say we can narrow it down to a rapper whose name begins with “Lil:”
“The would-you-take-a-break-please rappers/ Bunch of words and ain’t sayin’ s***/I hate these rappers/Especially the amateur eight week rappers/Lil’ whatever—just another short bus rapper/Fake drug dealers turn tour bus trappers/Napoleon complex, you this tall rapper/Get exposed standin’ next to 6’4″ rappers.”
Rapper Wale took it upon himself to make a response to “False Prophets” called “Groundhogs Day.” However, it may have just been a little friendly competition, as the two were spotted together courtside at a basketball game shortly after.
We may never know who J.Cole was referencing in his songs, but one thing is for sure: It’s kinda got everyone shaking in their boots, as he has been said to be one of the most lyrically talented rappers out right now, alongside Kendrick Lamar. Needless to say, fans are super excited for the new music!
It’s definitely a #ColeWorld.
Listen for yourself:
Written By: Rahkiya Brown