US rapper J Cole has provided his own take on Kanye West's recent meltdown, and it's harsh. On his new song False Prophets, the 31 year old explains how he once considered West his hero, but believes the rapper's recent erratic behaviour, which resulted in his hospitalisation, was a "cry for help".
West, 39, has now been released from the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after apparently receiving treatment over the course of a week for exhaustion and dehydration. J Cole, who is set to release his new album 4 Your Eyez Only on 9 December, is a close peer of West, having previously collaborated with him.
Addressing West's downward spiral on False Prophets, J Cole raps: "Ego in charge of every move, he's a star/And we can't look away due to the days that he caught our hearts," and "He's falling apart but we deny it, justifying that half-a*s s**t he dropped, we always buy it/ When he tell us he a genius but it's clearer lately, it's been hard for him to look in the mirror lately."
Perhaps referencing West's wife Kim Kardashian, J Cole says in the track's first verse: "He the type of n***a swear he real but all around him's fake, the women, the d**k riders, you know, the yes men/Nobody with the balls to say something to contest him, so he grows out of control into the person that he truly was all along, it's starting to show/Damn, wonder what happened."
The pair have crossed paths musically on multiple occasions in the past, with West producing Cole's Warm Up mixtape track Last Call. J Cole also sampled West's The New Work Out Plan on his 2011 debut single Work Out.
Listen to J Cole's False Prophets:
Although J Cole never mentions West's name directly on False Prophets, fans are adamant that the rapper is the subject of the lyrics. One commented on Twitter: "J. Cole literally did everything but say Kanye's name on False Prophets. That diss was clear as purified water," while another weighed in: "Man J Cole hit the exact feelings we true Kanye fans feel... i pray for Kanye and i thank J Cole for speaking it."
However, some feel the timing of the track's release is inconsiderate given West's recent spell in hospital. One noted on Twitter: "J Cole been sending for Kanye for a while now. The timing of this one seems a little unwise though with all the hospital drama."
In promotion for his forthcoming album release, J Cole has also premiered a new documentary titled Eyez, which is available to stream on Tidal for subscribers and non-subscribers to the music service. 4 Your Eyez Only comes two years after the release of his critically acclaimed third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. 4 Your Eyez Only is available for pre-order via iTunes.