J. Cole Says “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” Weren’t On His New Album Because…
“This album wasn’t made like how are we gonna impress people?…”
Earlier this month, J. Cole revealed he was releasing his fourth album. Leading up to the release, Cole World dropped a collective of new music in “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” that built so much anticipation surrounding his upcoming release as the songs were labelled as “diss tracks” for several big names in today’s Hip-Hop.
Spitting venom and lava on every bar of the two Tidal exclusive releases. Many were eagerly awaiting the full length project based off the first offering. However, upon the time of release, the 10-track LP had left many confused with both “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” not included in the tracklist. Leaving many to wonder why the refreshing tracks were not hit singles on the fourth effort.
J. Cole’s manager Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad cleared up the reason behind the tracks not making the album in a recent interview with Billboard. Knowing many had questions on the matter, Ib admits that both songs were originally on the album, answered the removal with the following explanation:
At the last second, we kind of were like, ‘Look, if we’re trying to tell a story, let’s just make it as clear as possible and cut it down to that.’ So when we cut out ‘False Prophets’ and ‘Everybody Dies, it really hurt because ‘False Prophets’ was on the album the whole time and it was one of our favorites but we had the documentary piece already in the works.”
“This album wasn’t made like how are we gonna impress people? That’s why we ended up taking out ‘Everybody Dies’ and ‘False Prophets.’ It was a great song. It was an album-worthy song, but it just didn’t make sense in the story that we were trying to tell.”
Although not on the album, both “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” have received proper roll outs by J. Cole with him dropping videos to both tracks accompanying the audio. Both videos were release simultaneously in support of anticipation for ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ and have currently accumulated over 12 million views via Youtube.
In a week, ‘4 Your Eyez’ has become the third highest-selling first week album of 2016 and Cole’s third number-one album as it moved over 500,000 sales plus streams. The album cut, “Deja Vu” is currently climbing up the charts on Billboard’s Hot 100.