J. Cole is a self-proclaimed “introverted person,” but musically he couldn’t be more comfortable sharing his opinion.
"Fire Squad,” a new song which debuted online this morning (Dec. 3) from his upcoming third album, 2014 Forrest Hills Drive, is an example of Cole showing no mercy, even if that means critiquing some of his peers.
From a lyrical viewpoint, the cut is a burgeoning inferno that peaks in verse three, where the Roc Nation spitter calls out white rappers and singers deemed culture-vultures of Black music. “History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes. Same way that these rappers always bite each other's flows,” he rhymes. “Same thing that my n***a Elvis did with rock 'n' roll, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore/ While silly n****s argue over who gon' snatch the crown. Look around my n***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.”
Before it gets too heated, Cole cools the verse down stating that he’s “just playin’ then adds, “all jokes contain true s**t.”
That being said, one can only wonder how Azalea, Em, and Timberlake will feel about the verse.
Cole's 2014 Forrest Hills Drive drops Dec. 9.
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