J. Cole apologizes for Kendrick Lamar diss track

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By journalsofus.com

Rapper J. Cole apologized Sunday for releasing a diss track about Kendrick Lamar, saying he felt “terrible” and vowing to update the song or remove it from streaming services.

The apology came after an exchange of verses that began in October, when J. Cole and Drake, along with Lamar, positioned themselves as the “big three” in hip-hop in the song “First Person Shooter”. In March, Lamar rejected that comparison in a guest verse on Future and Metro Boomin’s song “Like That”, saying there was no big three, rapping, “It’s just the big me.”

In response, J. Cole released the diss track “7 Minute Drill” on Friday on his surprise new album, “Might Delete Later.” It includes the lines: “I got a call, they say somebody’s doing a disservice / You want some attention, it comes with extensions / He’s still doing the show but falling like ‘The Simpsons’ Went.”

Two days after the song’s release, J. Cole apologized for this on stage at his Dreamville Festival in Raleigh, NC. as per video Posted on social media. During his headlining performance, he said that when he saw the reaction to the song after it came out, it “wasn’t in line with my feeling” and that he was speaking out about it in concert to end the beef.

He described Lamar as one of the “greatest” people to ever use a microphone and said he hoped Lamar would forgive him.

J. “The last two days felt terrible,” Cole said. “It made me realize how well I’ve been sleeping for the last 10 years.”

As of Monday afternoon, “7 Minute Drill” was still available on major streaming services.

J. Cole released “Might Delete Later” on his Dreamville Records label, an imprint of Interscope Records, which is owned by Universal Music Group. Universal did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It appears that Lamar has not publicly addressed the track or the apology. Representatives for Lamar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to Complex, Drake appeared to respond to Lamar’s verse at a concert in Sunrise, Florida in late March. He told the crowd that people were asking him how he was feeling and that his “head was held high” and he felt like no one could mess with him.

Lamar, Drake and J. Cole have worked together in the past and have individually received numerous awards for their music, including multiple Grammy Awards and nominations. In 2018, Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his album “DAMN”.

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