J. Cole‘s latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, officially drops December 9th but has leaked yesterday much to the fans excitement. On one of the tracks, “Fire Squad”, we find Cole calling out a few white artists in the industry. Of the artists mentioned include: Iggy Azalea, Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Macklemore.See the lyrics below:
“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes. Same way that these rappers always bite each other’s flows. Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with rock ‘n’ roll. Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore.”
“While silly nigga argue over who gon’ snatch the crown. Look around my nigga, White people have snatched the sound. This year I’ll be probably go to the awards dappered down. Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.”
The North Carolina rapper concluded his rant with:
“I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit / Same rope you climb up on. They’ll hang you with.”
He may not seriously have an issue with these artists as it could be just for the art of rhyming. After all the Ferguson protesting and cases resulting in no indictments of the killer White cops…it has been getting Black people frustrated with White privilege more than ever.
Earlier this year in February, Ray Rice and his soon to be wife were involved in a domestic violence incident that took place in Atlantic City. The aftermath footage of what took place inside the elevator was caught and released on tape. As her helpless body was drug out by Rice and a domestic incident was reported, Rice was suspended for two games but continued to have the support from his Ravens team. However, since then the actual footage of what transpired inside the elevator has finally been released. It shows the couple in a heated argument where he reacts by punching her in the face and being knocked out cold. The NFL now has decided to take further action from their original punishment and suspend Rice and the Baltimore Ravens terminated the running back’s contract. Now the incident has been out there for some time and the Ravens chose to only reprimand Rice with a 2 game suspension initially. So now that the events taking place has been revealed to the world, Rice receives the ‘correct’ punishment.
Some feel uneasy that the NFL obviously didn’t care enough about the domestic violence issue only until after the video was released. The main question being posed is: Why did the video footage have to be released in order for Ray Rice to be given this punishment in the first place? It is very strange that we all knew the circumstances to the incident in the beginning and he only received the 2 game suspension. It’s even more strange that he married his fiancee less than a month after the incident. All of the video footage from inside and outside the elevator has been there from the beginning and it is safe to say the police and NFL were initially aware of all the disgraceful circumstances that took place that night. Since the NFL and Ravens made the announcement of his new found consequences and a lot of people have commented on the issue including: Columbus Short (accused of domestic violence with his wife), Evelyn Lozada (who was in a domestic violence with former husband, WR Chad Johnson), Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu, Seth Rogen and more.