The Harverd Dropout rapper reflected on his brief spat — and subsequent sit-down — with the Dreamville MC in a recent interview with Bootleg Kev, where he refuted the notion that Cole predicted his supposed decline following his breakout hit “Gucci Gang.”
“Nope,” he said matter-of-factly when asked the question. “Because I’m still here. I got two houses … I don’t think he predicted shit.”
Lil Pump clarified he “fuck[s] with” J. Cole and has “no problems” with him, while saying their unlikely conversation was the Roc Nation rhymer trying to get to grips with Hip Hop’s new sound at the time.
“Yeah, he was trying to understand the young generation,” he added. “At that time, people didn’t understand what was going on with the music. They were like, ‘There’s this new wave coming in, we don’t understand it, but we’re just gonna roll with it.’”
Things between J. Cole and Lil Pump weren’t always so cordial. The North Carolina native appeared to take shots at Pump and his “SoundCloud rap” peers on his KOD album cut “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’)” in 2018, dismissing them as novelty acts who ought to heed his advice.
“One day, them kids that’s listening gon’ grow up / And get too old for that shit that made you blow up / Now your show’s lookin’ light cause they don’t show up / Which unfortunately means the money slow up,” he warned.
His lyrical lecture ended with: “Just remember what I told you when your shit flop / In five years you gon’ be on ‘Love & Hip-Hop,’ n-gga.” (Lil Pump has yet to appear on the reality show.)
The song came after Lil Pump previewed a song called “Fuck J. Cole” on social media, with the phrase being chanted at some of his shows.
Lil Pump responded to J. Cole in a video posted on social media. “Wow, you get so much props, you dissed a 17-year-old!” he said sarcastically, before calling him a “lame-ass jit.”
Shortly after, the pair met up at J. Cole’s Sheltuh recording studio in North Carolina for a lengthy and surprisingly candid conversation that was released on YouTube. Cole and Pump found middle ground while discussing the origin of their feud and the generational divide in Hip Hop.
Two years later, J. Cole seemingly addressed his beef with Lil Pump on “Lion King On Ice,” a song from his Lewis Street EP.
“N-gga dissed me, it was nonsense / I sat ’em down like his father / My n-gga asked, ‘Why you bother?’ / We shoulda caught him and mobbed him / I said, ‘We gotta move smarter’ / Don’t wan’ be the reason for one more sad song,” he rapped.
“I tried to warn n-ggas they wouldn’t last long / I hope that you see how they came and they went / They shots never hit but they made their attempts / May have a good year like their name on a blimp / But you know what it take to be poppin’ this long.”