AceShowbiz - Rapper J. Cole is adamant any MC offended by a diss track on his new album only feels slighted because "the shoe fits". The "Lights Please" hitmaker stirred controversy in the hip-hop world last week following the release of his new project "K.O.D.", which featured the song "1985 (Intro to the Fall-Off)".
On the tune, Cole appears to throw shots at the new wave of young hip-hop artists, spitting, "Everybody talkin' like they know somethin' these days/N****s actin' woke, but they broke, umm/I respect the struggle but you all frontin' these days..."
Many fans speculated the pointed words were aimed at rising rappers like Lil Pump and Smokepurpp, who are known for glorifying drug use on song, with the latter even leading a concert crowd in Atlanta, Georgia to chant, "F**k J. Cole" at a recent show.
However, Cole insists the lyrics aren't calling out any one artist, but if any star takes issue with the track, it's likely he's referring to them. "It's really a 'shoe fits' situation - several people can wear that shoe," he shrugged to Vulture.com in a rare interview.
"Why you yelling at your show?" he continued. "You must feel attacked in some kind of way, must feel offended, and if you feel offended, then that means something rings true, something struck a chord. That's cool with me. That's all I ever want to do."