J. Cole’s album 2014 Forest Hills Drive is not officially out yet, but it’s already sparking controversy. On the leaked track “Fire Squad,” the North Carolina rapper calls out some famous white artists for appropriating black culture.
“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes / Same way that these rappers always bite each other’s flows / Same thing that my ni**a Elvis did with rock ‘n’ roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore,” raps Cole, who appeared on the remix to Timberlake’s “TKO.”
He also has some words for Iggy Azalea, who beat Eminem and Drake for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at this year’s American Music Awards.
“While silly ni**as argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my ni**a, white people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.”
He’s quick to add, “I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit / Same rope you climb up on, they’ll hang you with.”
Fans took to Twitter to react and debate. Some sided with Cole, while others defended their favorite artist.
Damn j cole took a shot at Eminem, he's gonna regret that….lmao
— Lawrence (@GravityDefyingD) December 3, 2014
J Cole you right bruh but swinging at Macklemore, Eminem, and Justin Timberlake is a mis-step bro. Definitely was not a smart decision.
— UndefeatedChubbyOTC (@DjChubbESwagg) December 3, 2014
S/O to J. Cole for that fire TRUTH he dropped. About time someone said it. Yes, Iggy will sweep the Grammy's next year though.
— Natsu Dragneel (@CROB_601) December 3, 2014
J. Cole’s third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive arrives in stores and online on December 9.
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