Remember the iconic rap battle at the end of 8 Mile?
The one where Eminem points out all of the content that could possibly be used against him before his opponent gets the chance to? As a whole, the world cheered on the underdog as he called himself out in front of the masses, making anyone else who were to repeat the lines look like a jackass… Because when someone reveals all the tricks up your sleeve, the show is over and the magic is gone.
Okay, now remember J. Cole’s single False Prophets? It has been speculated that the rapper bad-mouths fellow artist Kanye West in the first verse of the song. Many J. Cole fans praised him for dissing ‘Ye on the track and for “calling him out” on his antics and bad behavior.
(Lines Selected From Verse 1)
Ego in charge of every move, he’s a star, Due to the days that he caught our hearts
He’s fallin’ apart, but we deny it, Justifying that half-ass shit he dropped, we always buy it
When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately, It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately
There was a time when this n***a was my hero, maybe, That’s the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take
‘Cause I believed him when he said his shit was purer and he, The type of n***a swear he real but all around him’s fake
The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men, So he grows out of control, Into the person that he truly was all along, it’s startin’ to show
Damn, wonder what happened, Based off the words that he rappin’, When come to find out, these n****s don’t even write they shit
Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite the shit, Well, fuck 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 Playin’ his old shit, knowin’ he won’t top it, false prophets
So what evidence do we have that this song is about Kanye West specifically? For starters, Yeezus has been known to label himself as a genius, which the song points out. The verse also repeatedly reflects on “his old shit” and the “days he caught our hearts”, which is a huge reason why many Kanye fans have fallen off the face of the earth lately: His new music sounds different than his old music.
Almost anyone who heard False Prophets seemed to be elated to hear a rap artist almost openly diss Kanye West through a song. They talked about how J. Cole was right, and how it’s about time somebody pointed out ‘Ye’s “fall from grace”.
“Kanye used to make good music!”
“His old stuff was real music, now he just makes garbage.”
“Kanye is always acting out and acts like a jackass.”
Not so. You can’t diss someone using the same points with which they already used to diss themselves.
On February 14th, 2016 (10 months before False Prophets was released), Kanye West released his latest album Life of Pablo. The album features one particular song that we have never heard another artist make before. I Love Kanye is an a capella track on the album that features Kanye West talking about himself from the hater’s perspective. Kanye lists off every argument against him as an artist that any hater has offered us yet. The really eerie part of it all is that Kanye makes the same points about himself that J. Cole does, only Yeezus made them 10 months earlier.
I miss the old Kanye, straight from the ‘Go Kanye
Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye
I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye
The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye
I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye
I gotta to say, at that time I’d like to meet Kanye
See I invented Kanye, it wasn’t any Kanyes
And now I look and look around and there’s so many Kanyes
I used to love Kanye, I used to love Kanye
I even had the pink Polo, I thought I was Kanye
What if Kanye made a song, about Kanye?
Called “I Miss The Old Kanye,” man that’d be so Kanye
That’s all it was Kanye, we still love Kanye
And I love you like Kanye loves Kanye
Kanye makes the “bad mood”, “old stuff was better”, and “he’s unoriginal” arguments that all Kanye haters have in their arsenals. J. Cole says the same points almost exactly in his own song. This makes the verse in False Prophets completely irrelevant and unoriginal in and of itself. Kanye makes fun of haters making fun of him, and thus obliterates any of the substance and seriousness behind that hate.