Hours after driving the Internet nuts with a viral attack toward rap newcomer J. Cole, hip-hop veteran Canibus has come forward and apologized for going at the Roc Nation protege.
Speaking via a self-recorded video, Can said he was ultimately wrong for his actions.
“I’ve seen thousands and thousands of comments of [‘J. Cole’], and all the negativity it’s stirring up. After 48 hours of it, I feel confident enough to say that it’s unanimous. Hip-hop has spoken up loud and clear, it’s a ‘Cole World’ right now, and you’re reignin’ champ, J. I take full responsibility for my actions and I apologize for steppin’ over the line. It comes off as tacky, unsophisticated, and it’s just not G. I love hip-hop too much to further justify my selfish behavior. I made this video in an effort to turn it around and man up for my mistakes.” (YouTube)
Over the weekend, Can took to Twitter and aired out his issues with 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)
Can also unleashed the diss record “J. Clone” onto 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 Canibus’ apology below: