False Prophets: J Cole Calls Out Kanye West
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Cole uses this analogy to describe the rap game. All of the rappers he looked up to when he was coming up turned out not to be as great as they seemed. He criticizes ghostwriting, the lust for fame, and constant approval for attention from rappers above them in the food chain. All of his heroes are, in fact, nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing.
While Cole wants to stay as real as possible throughout his career, he’s experienced what success chasing the mainstream can bring. Now that he’s arrived at the top he can finally see the truth, while recognizing his own fear at becoming one of those false prophets.
J Cole boldly calls out controversial rapper Kanye West, who has made recent headlines for walking off the stage multiple times while performing in front of large audience in different arenas. Recently, he has shown signs of sleep deprivation and paranoia as he consistently chooses his floating stage, as the platform to vent about his career mentor and friends Jay Z and Beyonce. To the Hip Hop world, Kanye West has shown complete disloyalty to the Carter family, and for his long term friendship with Jay Z.
Many have tried to describe the variation with the old Kanye versus the new Kanye, but J Cole successfully puts into words what we all have been thinking but could not find the words to describe. After the release of College Dropout from Kanye West, he gained the respect of music lovers from different walks of life, especially with the song Jesus Walks, fast forward to the future of his career, he wanted his fans to address him as “Yeezus” colloquially comparing himself to wwa God. His album cover went from college mascot teddy bear and creative artwork to, Kanye West being painted as a devil making his way with an angel placing insult against the same religion that helped paved his way.
This is where the new Kanye West enters the scene, granted it was after his mother’s death – the only woman who he ever truly loved and wanted to impress. Her sudden death led Kanye West to a deep depression and towards a dark place, and we believe he has yet to find his way out. But we know that the only healer that far surpasses any medicine man or psychologist is God. Hopefully, Kanye West can find himself humble on knees begging God for forgiveness and for strength to be able to create and live a life that does not defy him or religious beliefs of others.
Yes, its is completely agreeable that some of the happiness was never restored after the loss of his mother, but we also understand that Donda West lives through her son, therefore her legacy will never die. As long as Kanye West continues to do what he loves his mother love will continue to grow. It is important for Mr. West to recognize his platform to influence and empower people, it is our expectation that he shares his pain or love in creative manner through his music or fashion, keeping in mind the young minds that are being molded by his every word. Music is not about a race for medals, music is a gift, it is art form, it is what carries us through our darkest days, towards the light as we find inspiration yet again.
Here are other hard hitting J Cole lines from ‘False Prophets’ that really address general concerns for Mr. Kanye West
Yeah, life is a balance
You lose your grip, you can slip into an abyss
No doubt you see these niggas trippin’
Ego in charge of every move, he’s a star
And we can’t look away
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 nigga 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 nigga swear he real but all around him’s fake
The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men
Nobody with the balls to say somethin’ to contest him
So he grows out of control
Into the person that he truly was all along, it’s startin’ to show
Damn, wonder what happened
Maybe it’s my fault for idolizing niggas
Based off the words they be rappin’
But come to find out, these niggas don’t even write they shit
Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite the shit
Damn, that’s what I get for lyin’ to myself
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
And playin’ his old shit, knowin’ he won’t top it, false prophets