New York rapper Canibus has returned to making hip-hop headlines over the weekend by dropping a new diss record and open letter directly targeting Roc Nation protege J. Cole.
In the open letter, posted to Facebook, Can-i-bus questions Cole’s lack of respect for his new material and emphasis on citing past works from the 1990’s.
“Currently, new artists such as J Cole have continuously mentioned me as their favorite artist, shouted me out in articles, magazine/online interviews, and even gone as far as starting off show sets by playing some of my earlier material to warm up the audience and give off the impression that he is real hip hop and loves real lyricism. Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda): you get the point I’m trying to make. I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it. [sic]” (Facebook)
He also used the message to remind fans he is making a point, not a beef, regarding Cole.
“Some might look to label me as an older head picking on a younger head who claims to have been influenced by me, but I refuse to let anyone including him stand on what we built, and pompously extract only the parts that suit them and their undermining intentions under the guise of “paying homage”. I’m sick of it. That’s fake, fraudulent, and misrepresents mine and others contributions, and significance to hip-hop music. After watching many many interviews of Clone, I mean Cole “pay homage”, I decided to pay some homage to him myself because I am still alive and well and ready to throw down for Hip Hop. [sic]” (Facebook)
Following the post, Can unleashed a new diss record titled “J. Clone” to the Internet.
“If it ain’t a threat, then it must be a promise,” Can raps, “You said my name so much they think you’re being honest/It’s more than that, we could’ve recorded the track/You could give me a stack for a verse just like that/I don’t know what’s worse, AIDS or cancer/Them stupid a** questions or them stupid a** answers…” (“J. Clone”)
Last year, Cole credited the East Coast rapper for inspiring him as an amateur emcee.
“I don’t know if I’m on his radar yet, but I used to hang Eminem raps on my wall,” Cole revealed in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. “I have people’s raps on my wall, but his raps and then Canibus’ raps were the only ones that could get close to the bed spread and when I’d first wake up and want to read some raps, they were always there.” (Radio Planet TV)
Check out “J. Clone” below: