Nicki Minaj went through it with Lil Kim, Drake & Big Sean went through it with Ludacris, now Fayeteville's own J Cole is having "shots" fired at him by Canibus. Maybe this is a sort of 'rites of passage' in the rap world. You haven't made it until you have at least one diss under your belt.
On this track titled "J Clone" the veteran rapper Canibus is accusing J Cole of not properly paying homage although J Cole has already named him as an influence (sound familiar?)
"Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda [sic]): you get the point I’m trying to make, I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it."
Well... listen to the track.
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