J. Cole On Eminem: “If You Think I Dissed Eminem, Then I Know You Just Read The Headline”
With said leak, there were a few controversial songs that quickly formed headlines on blogs. Most notably was “Fire Squad” where blogs accused him of “blasting” rappers Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore as well as the likes of Elvis and Justin Timberlake too. You’ll notice, all of these are white. But the “attacks” were totally misinterpreted and misdirected by blogs.
“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes
Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows
Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore
While silly niggas argue over who gon’ snatch the crown
Look around, my nigga, white people have snatched the sound
This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile
I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit
Same rope you climb up on, they’ll hang you with”
So when Jermaine hit up Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez, he spoke on the controversy surrounding the single as he felt the need to dispel any rumors that he attacked Em.
“People gotta know, Its silly how big of an Eminem fan I am,” Cole said. “When I had the song “Let Nas Down” and I had the raps hanging up on my wall, he wasn’t the only one. It was a very select, top notch people that I worshiped and Eminem was literally at the top of that list. My first song was literally an Eminem bite. If you thinking I’m dissing Eminem, then I know you just read the headline, or you’re listening to the song with the headline in mind.”
“That headline that you saw, It’s not the truth. It’s a perspective that someone took and tried to give you the most enticing headline. Why? So they can make money, the 29-year-old artist said. “No disrespect, this whole system is not set up to bring truth. It’s not set up to bring the real news. The news isn’t set up to inform you. It’s set up to make money.”
If you really listen to the lyrics of “Fire Squad” he’s bringing to attention to how from his point of view, “white people” latched onto a sound already introduced by African Americans. And because of who makes up the mainstream demographic, the majority of the critics, sales, and yes, even the listeners, these “white people” musicians are able to climb their way into the mainstream with ease in comparison (as long as they still have enough talent).
It’s a very loaded topic, but it’s pretty clear that he’s not “dissing” Eminem. You can hear the full interview below, where Cole also names his top 5 rappers.