J Cole disappointed me this week after releasing his sophomore album, ‘Born Sinner.’
Good News…It is expected to perform really well against Kanye West’s 6th studio album, ‘Yeezus’. Most are predicting Cole will end up in 2nd place with first week sales of 290 -315k compared to Yeezus possibly selling 400-420k. That means Cole’s number will actually be higher than his last album’s first week sales of 250k!
Congrats, Team Cole!
I purchased 2 copies of ‘Born Sinner’…
One at a Target and the other on Itunes just to show my support.
I am completely stunned after hearing the very first track called ‘Vlluminati’:
My verbal AK slay faggots/ And I don’t mean no disrespect whenever I say faggot, okay faggot/ Don’t be so sensitive/ If you want to get fucked in the ass/ That’s between you and whoever else’s dick it is/ Pause, maybe that line was too far/ Just a little joke to show how homophobic you are/ And who can blame ya?
What the fuck?!
Never imagined I would hear J Cole rapping about the subject of homosexuality using gay slurs that are so hurtful and almost homophobic.
I was speechless.
Then I came across a Breakfast Club interview w/ J Cole promoting ‘Born Sinner’ that I initially wanted to post here but I decided against it after hearing those lyrics and seeing another weird interview. This one is more understandable and less homophobic. Cole is being interviewed by two fat black women and a gay radio DJ (random pairing btw) when the guy DJ jokingly compared Cole’s dick to a large object before asking Cole about his dick size, he stormed out.
What kills me is when these rappers court attention from the gay fans but never take responsibility for their homophobia in public.
Case in point, actor/rapper Will Smith.
He famously slapped a man for trying to kiss him on the red carpet last year…
Can you see the intensity in his face pushing that man away?
That image has stayed w/ me when I think about him.
No matter how you side on these issues, don’t deny the look on that man’s face speaks volumes about the exact level of his homophobia. I can bet you anything that a Chris Pine or Kellan Lutz, for example, would NEVER have reacted the same way. It would have been turned into such a different moment.
Still very aakward, but just not as blatant or violent.
Mind you this is a man w/ gay rumors constantly following him and this…
^There is something so creepy about that I have nothing to say about it. A father openly mouth kissing his now FOURTEEN YEAR OLD SON!!! Poor Jaden.
I use these gifs to help illustrate just how much of a hyporcrite Smith is. Even in his most recent interviews he’s STILL using the EFFEMINATE GAY MAN routine as a punchline during his interviews. A mannerism that he still considers “funny” (which it was on The Fresh Prince over 20 years ago) but now it just feels dated and offensive at this point.
I am so over him as a person but I’m still in love wit dat ass tho! Its a conflicting battle. 😦
Back to J. Cole.
I would like to believe he won’t say or do anything else that gives me reason for another “PAUSE” moment like this one.
I want to appreciate him as more than just a sagger but also recognize his TALENT (I believe) as a rapper, artist, producer.
Being the type of rapper he is, lots of gays (esp young ppl) are drawn to him just like Drake, Kendrick, A$ap Rocky etc and I know that he is aware of his gay fan base.
In a statement to The Huffington Post after they called him out on the Vlluminati lyrics, he released this statement:
“There will soon come a day when people in general, and rap artists specifically, are going to have to answer for their past usage of the word ‘faggot,’ much like the Grandfathers who are ashamed that they used the word ‘nigger’ as kids. At a time when public acceptance of gay rights is soaring (rightfully), hip-hop culture and general are still battling with homophobia (not excluding myself). Rather than run from it I chose to attack it playfully. Those lyrics are meant to make everyone uncomfortable for the sake of this very conversation.”
Let’s hope he is being honest in that statement since although I really LOVE Born Sinner… its sort of tainted now (for me) after ‘Vlluminati.’
What is your opinion on the ‘Vlluminati’ lyrics?
Do you believe J Cole is homophobic?