Last night, J. Cole released a new, 40-minute documentary called Eyez, featuring previews of music from his forthcoming LP, 4 Your Eyez Only. On one featured track, “False Prophets,” Cole calls out “a star” who’s “falling apart but we deny it.” As Miss Info points out, a string of allusions unfolds, seemingly pointing to Kanye West. “He tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately/It’s been hard for him to look into the mirror lately,” Cole raps. See the full verse below, and scroll down to hear it in the doc, around the 30:40 mark.
On the track J. Cole raps…
“Life is a balance/You lose your grip you could 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 when he caught our hearts/He’s falling apart but we deny it/ Justifying the half-assed shit he drop, we always buy it
When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately/ 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 the type of nigga swear he real but all around is fake
The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men/ Nobody with the balls to say something to contest him/So it grows out of control/ Until the person that he truly was all along is starting to show”
In the next line, Cole takes aim at rappers who use ghostwriters:
“Wonder what happened/Maybe it’s my fault for idolizing niggas based off the words that they be rappin’/But come to find out these niggas don’t even write they own shit/Hear some new style bubbling up then they bite that shit.”
It’s possible this is a dig at Drake, who has been accused of using ghostwriters.