The internet attempted to cancel J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar overnight, but was unsuccessful. People were not pleased with what they perceived as a lack of effort or contribution from the hip hop artists to the current landscape although both rappers had been on the front lines.
How can y'all try to cancel (not that you can LMAO) rappers like Kendrick and J Cole who's weakest albums are more influential than your favourite artists best albums. 🤦🏾♂️
— EMINEM (@Eminem_Posts__) June 17, 2020
Some believe the artists have not used their platform to their best abilities. The President of Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick’s label, realizes that the rapper isn’t truly as appreciated as he should be.
When somebody asked him to deliver a message to Kendrick on his birthday to bring back “the real,” Punch responded that an imminent return is no longer in the cards.
“Nah. N***as don’t appreciate it,” he wrote as a response.
Huh? Looks pretty appreciated to me pic.twitter.com/ZmIP2piMFH
— Sacha Ghosh (@GhoshFace) June 17, 2020
idk who’s better kendrick or cole for our generations goat. ??
— Stew Stream (@stewstream) June 17, 2020
One thing I legitimately don't understand… if an artist like @kendricklamar would rather make music music that fights white supremacy rather than write tweets, why is that a problem?
— Samm Hodges (@sammhodges) June 17, 2020
J. Cole’s backlash came after he released a new song on Tuesday, which contains a verse that many fans interpret as taking aim at Chicago rapper Noname. On Wednesday, J. Cole told fans that he stands by his lyrics, but also encouraged them to follow Noname: “I love and honor her as a leader in these times.”
Yo you still have time to delete this shit
— moses🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷 rap countisour, jcole fan (@thegodmoses1230) June 17, 2020
And I don't want none of his fans jumping into my mentions to try and tell me that I don't understand what his lyrics are about.
He's not rapping in Sumerian. English is my first language. I know what the hell I read.
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) June 17, 2020
J. Cole’s rumoured shots/criticisms on rapper Noname… pic.twitter.com/iX1gGxyHRI
— All Love Hip Hop (@AllLoveHipHop) June 17, 2020