LISTEN: J. Cole’s New Song “Fire Squad” Calls Out Whites Like Eminem, Iggy Azalea For Stealing Black Artists’ Sound
J. Cole calls out white performers in his new track “Fire Squad.” The rapper’s album 2014 Forest Hills Drive has not been released yet, but it’s already causing a stir online with the leaked track, in which J. Cole goes after Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Iggy Azalea, Macklemore and other white stars for stealing from black artists.
While talking about the appropriation of black music by white pop stars is nothing new, J. Cole is getting a lot of attention for naming names in “Fire Squad.” In the song’s controversial verse, he raps: “History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes / Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows / Same thing that my n*gga Elvis did with rock ‘n’ roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore.”
J. Cole goes on to say, “While silly n*ggas argue over who gone snatch the crown / Look around my n*gga, white people have snatched the sound.” He adds, “This year I’ll probably go to the awards diapered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.”
White performers like Macklemore and Azalea have been criticized for winning hip-hop awards over the past year, often topping black artists whose resumes were widely considered to be more impressive. Cole ends by declaring, “I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true sh*t.” What do you think about what he has to say? Listen to “Fire Squad” below.