Hold up. Is J. Cole talking about Kanye West on his new track “False Prophets,” taken from his just-announced album 4 Your Eyez Only? That’s the word among lyric dissection experts, who have been hitting Twitter with the quickness to theorize that a sizable portion of the Freddie Joachim-produced track sees Cole directly addressing the trajectory of West’s (largely unmatched) career:
Seemingly written from the perspective of Cole as a fan of West’s earlier work, the timing of “False Prophets” seems unfortunate at best. After all, West did just spend a week in the hospital after canceling the rest of his Saint Pablo tour amid rumors that he’s battling mental health issues.