J. Cole unleashed his new “Middle Child” single on Wednesday (January 23) and fan theories are already in full swing. Twitter thinks a few lines in particular are clear shots at Kanye West, Pusha T and their drama with Drake.
“This watch came from Drizzy, he gave me a gift/Back when the rap game was prayin’ I’d diss/They act like two legends cannot coexist/But I’d never beef with a nigga for nothin’/But I’d never beef with a nigga for nothin’/If I smoke a rapper, it’s gon’ be legit.
“It won’t be for clout, it won’t be for fame/It won’t be ’cause my shit ain’t sellin’ the same/It won’t be to sell you my latest lil’ sneakers/It won’t be ’cause some nigga slid in my lane,” he raps.
It’s possible Cole is referring to both Pusha and Drake’s beef as well as Kanye’s recent Twitter rant airing out his issues with Drake.
Several people are also tying one of Pusha’s tweets to the whole thing.
“You tried, you failed,” the G.O.O.D. Music president tweeted on Wednesday (January 23). “I’m hearing you wanna try again, this time I’m not gonna play with you, any of you.”
Whether that’s aimed at Drake or Cole remains to be seen.
You tried, you failed…I’m hearing you wanna try again, this time I’m not gonna play with you, any of you.
— King Push (@PUSHA_T) January 23, 2019
Par for the course, Twitter ran wild with the memes and outrageous tweets.
Check some of them out below.
drake is such a mark he had j cole diss kanye & pusha for him cuz he was too scared to do it himself i- pic.twitter.com/A0LFp1Va8U
— CAPPER! ?? (@robisgarbage) January 24, 2019
J cole sneak diss
Kanye west: I have a problem with sneak dissing pic.twitter.com/gULCpqYAPv
— caliph (@caliphpapii) January 24, 2019
how can j cole diss pusha t saying that pusha dissed drake for clout when he’s doing the same exact thing when he’s dissing pusha and ye lmao
— depressed vikings fan (@youretrashkid) January 24, 2019
Drake had to give J Cole a watch so j Cole don't Diss him
— Soldier↪ (@PatohShanqueels) January 24, 2019
J Cole: "Just put the Rollie right back on my wrist
This watch came from Drizzy, he gave me a gift
Back when the rap game was prayin' I'd diss
They act like two legends cannot coexist"
— Bandicoot Design (@BandicootDesign) January 24, 2019
You got dissed by j Cole ????
— Sham Raju (@sham_raju) January 24, 2019
— LAL (25-23) (@youngxhayzeus) January 24, 2019
— Simmi Tha Savage (@SimmiJae) January 24, 2019
J. Cole took aim @ Kanye West & Pusha T: "I never beef with a nigga for nothin'. If I smoke a rapper, it's gon' be legit. It won't be for clout, it won't be for fame, it won't be 'cause my shit ain't sellin' the same. It won't be to sell you my latest lil' sneakers." #MiddleChild
— Hussain Sheikh (@HShakeee) January 24, 2019
I love J Cole but tbh going after Kanye West is a bit below the belt. pic.twitter.com/TQnpXaklbp
— St. Nick ? (@realnickjgood) January 24, 2019
— DJQevlar™ verified (@DJQevlar) January 24, 2019
— Sean Johnson (@Seans_Johnson) January 24, 2019