J. Cole Confirms “False Prophets” Was Partially About Kanye West

During his first intimate conversation in years, J. Cole shared his thoughts on various topics in a 90-minute conversation with Angie Martinez. The pair sat down at Salaam Remi’s studio in Miami, just before Cole’s performance at Rolling Loud Festival this past weekend (May 12). During the interview, J. Cole expressed his thoughts on his latest album’ KOD’, his alter-ego kiLL Edward, and even his addiction to social media.

However, it was when Angie Martinez mentions that Kanye’s believing Cole was dissing him on his 2016 record “False Prophets,” that the Dreamville rapper broke his silence on the topic for the first time.

“First of all, [I’m] just a fan,” he states. “Really, I don’t know you. I’m just like a dude that was a fan back in the day, and when I’m writing ‘False Prophets,’ which that song wasn’t about him. There’s one verse that applies to him for sure, but if you listen to that song, that song is about what this shit is exposing. What I gotta check myself about. And I check myself on that song as well…We’re worshipping celebrities.”

J. Cole also revealed his distaste of Kanye sharing a screenshot of a phone conversation that he had with the rapper, stating that he felt his antics were “insincere.”

“Nah, he called me, but I would’ve never posted that or tell him to post that,” he says. “That made me feel a certain type of way. I told him that. He apologized, for the record. I told him that it felt like you just used my name in that very quick conversation for social media and to keep your thing going or whatever you were doing. It felt like it wasn’t sincere because of that.”

Cole also shared his thoughts on Kanye’s Maga-inspired tweets, including calling slavery a “choice.”

“It’s touchy because I don’t like talking about other people,” he starts. “If this is me and you on a microphone, I’m gonna keep it 100 with you. I’ma go in on the whole situation, but I feel hesitant to go in for the public. So I’ll tread lightly if possible, but the only reason I’d feel comfortable taking it any distance is because I didn’t even ask…you put that out there. When he called me he said, ‘I need you to hold me accountable. Keep me in check. Say whatever you gotta say. I need that. I feed off that.‘”

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