Is Kanye one of the False Prophets in JCole’s Song?
3 days ago, rapper J. Cole dropped a much-anticipated album, “4 Your Eyez Only.” While the artist has built a loyal legion of followers over the years leading to and after the drop of his debut “Forest Hills”, the tracks that he released leading to the release of this new project had a lot of tongues wagging. He dropped two videos just a few days before the album was expected to be officially released. These songs heightened the expectations. Even non-Cole fans were now anticipating it. One of the main talking points was the track “False Prophets.” Most people quickly settled on the conclusion that it was some sort of subliminal dig at Kanye West. The track itself was descriptive in nature, it did not put any names on blast, just described the people he was referring to. Verse one is the one that brought Kanye to most people’s minds.
Hope you have now watched the video. Let’s get into the lyrics that have everyone talking.
False Prophets Verse 1 Lyrics Analysis
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
(This is probably the first line that most linked to Mr. West. After his recent on stage rant and hospitalisation. He’s falling apart, but we deny it seemed to fit the bill).
Justifying that half ass shit he dropped, we always buy it
Most Kanye fans will tell you that they are not as impressed with his latest work when it is compared to what he used to drop. The old Kanye, the college dropout Kanye. His art has perhaps matured in that time, but not in the direction that some would have wanted. Even those that dont like it, still buy it. So again here, I can see why most people would have linked this to him again.
When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately
I dont even need to get into that one. I don’t know many rappers who have told us that they are geniuses. Mr. West has done this though quite a few times.
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
DO you remember Kanye’s interview on the Ellen Show? He placed himself in the same category as Steve Jobs and Ghandi, with his being the only living entity in that equation. Nothing says purer than that.
The type of nigga swear he real but all around him’s fake
The women, the dick riders, you know, the yes men
Nobody with the balls to say somethin’ to contest him
So he grows out of control
How many times have we all wondered why no one ever speaks to Kanye to get him to tone it down, He has had his fair share of out of control moments. Nobody around him has had the damn balls to say something.
Into the person that he truly was all along, it’s startin’ to show
Damn, wonder what happened
Maybe it’s my fault for idolizin’ niggas
Based off the words they be rappin’
But come to find out, these niggas don’t even write they shit
There was an uproar not too long ago about Ghostwriters. Kanye was one of those that were implicated by this. There is no shame in that. He has made some great music over the years. I dont know why people complain about having someone else help an artist articulate their thoughts. He has never claimed to be a writer.
Hear some new style bubblin’ up, then they bite this 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 it
Playin’ his old shit, knowin’ he won’t top it
I am one of those that are waiting for Mr. West to top his previous releases. The newer albums have left me with more doubt than hope. The problem with my view is that music is very subjective, what may seem to be a slump in my eyes is a rise in another person’s eyes. Just because his newer stuff is not as appealing to me as the other releases were, does not mean he has fallen, perhaps it’s an indication of me more than it is of him.
Only J. Cole can say for certain whether or not this was directed at Kanye, but we can all speculate.