On the track “False Prophet” it is believed that Cole is referring to a rapper he once idolized and many believe it to be Kanye West. Read the verse below, the words definitely closely compare to Kanye.
"You lose your grip, you can slip into an abyss No doubt you see these niggas trippin' 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 He's fallin' apart, but we deny it Justifying that half-ass shit 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 into the mirror lately There was a time when this nigga was my hero, maybe That's the reason why his fall from grace is hard to take 'Cause I believed him when he said his shit was purer and he The type of nigga swear he real but all around him's fake The women, the dickriders, you know, the yes men Nobody with the balls to say somethin' to contest him So he grows out of control Into the person that he truly was all along, it's startin' to show Damn, wonder what happened Maybe it's my fault for idolizing niggas based off the words they be rappin' But come to find out, these niggas don't even write they shit Hear some new style bubblin' up, then they bite the shit Damn, that's what I get for lyin' to myself Well, fuck it, what's more important is he's cryin' out for help While the world's eggin' him on, I'm beggin' him to stop And playin' his old shit, knowin' he won't top it; false prophets"
And in the second verse Cole is referring to Wale, and his obsession to be great and how other rapper don’t really mess with him, and how that outlook is depressing. If you’ve watched Wale’s breakfast club interview you’ll see how he focused alot on how his music isn’t respected and how people don’t understand him. But read the verse below.
"I got a homie, he a rapper and he wanna win bad He want the fame, the acclaim, the respect that's been had By all the legends, so every time I see him, he stressin' Talkin' 'bout, niggas don't fuck with him, the shit is depressin' And I know he so bitter he can't see his own blessings Goddamn, nigga, you too blind to see you got fans, nigga And a platform to make a classic rap song To change a nigga life, but you too anxious livin' life Always worried 'bout the critics who ain't ever fuckin' did it I write what's in my heart, don't give a fuck who fuckin' with it But in a sense I can relate, the need to be great Turns into an obsession and keeps a nigga up late Writin' words, hopin' people observe the dedication That stirs in you constantly, but intentions get blurred Do I do it for the love of the music or is there more to me? Do I want these niggas to worship me? False prophets"
I’m sure Cole. doesn’t stop there. To hear more of his music make sure you purchase his album next week on December 9th.
Watch his video from his new album and the breakfast club Wale interview.