To tease fans with a sneak peek into what we can expect from the Dreamville founder's fourth studio album, Cole dropped a documentary on Tidal complete with a fire-packed freestyle, “False Prophets.”
But according to the internet, there might be more packed into the two-minute freestyle than just heat.
Jumping straight into the freestyle with a lyrical clip loaded for his stiff, or lack thereof, hip-hop competition, many listeners suspect that Cole’s first verse was a direct shot at Kanye West and his recent unfortunate state of instability. As he leads into the second verse, however, the question of this “rapper friend” Cole describes has Twitter up in 140-character arms.
"I got a homie, he a rapper and he wanna win bad,” Cole spits. “He want the fame, the acclaim, the respect that’s been had, by all the legends, so every time I see him, he stressing, talking ’bout, ni**as don’t f**k with him, the sh** is depressing.”
Cole and Wale’s longtime industry brotherhood is more than enough reason to doubt that the “G.O.M.D.” rapper's commentary was shade. But considering that Cole has never been one to claim too many “friends” within the industry, many do believe that Wale is the nameless subject of the verse.
Check out Twitter’s dissection of the freestyle below:
Don't let the Kanye verse distract you from the fact Cole is talking to his homie Wale on this verse pic.twitter.com/8E6DjatYzA— D. Ciano (@DCiano) December 2, 2016
People overlook Wale so much that they overlooking J Cole's verse about Wale......— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) December 2, 2016
false prophets is really good and cole is stating facts, but y'all think he's gunning for kanye and wale in a negative way when he isn't.— celine. ✨ (@barelyaverage_) December 2, 2016
To me those wasn't even shots to Wale!! More so Look in the mirror Wale!! You're dope! Quit looking for praise n make music for ya Fans— Jigga (@QisPresident) December 2, 2016
That ENTIRE second verse is J. Cole reaching out to Wale. Wale wants to be a superstar and cares about critics and forgot why he started rap— Scott Evans (@Sevan_07) December 2, 2016
J. Cole basically told Wale to make the music that he used to make. Something his fans been telling him on twitter for a while now.— Charlene Keys. (@jastheabstract) December 2, 2016
Honestly Wale probably can "outrap" J. Cole but that's not the point. I think as much as they are friends always been tense competition https://t.co/SQxYIiU7hz— Ash Motown (@ashtonmorris1) December 2, 2016
Everybody talking bout how J Cole dissed Kayne but y'all gone ignore how he basically told Wale to shut up & stop whining ? 🙇🏾— XII.XIX.👑 (@Sweetest_Te) December 2, 2016
People are saying J. Cole "dissed" Wale in "False Prophets." All I hear is a man telling his homie to ignore critics & enjoy his blessing.— Grown Azz Kid (@DaKidGowie) December 2, 2016
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