Wale is first in line to respond to J Cole ‘s ‘False Prophets’ (off 4 Your Eyez Only) track that takes jabs at both new and old rappers. While the first verse was openly aimed at Kanye West who was recently hospitalized after a911 – disturbance call, many believe the second verse is aimed at Wale, a frequent J Cole collaborator. The two burst onto the scene around the same time. J Cole chose a life of seclusion, focusing more on projects, albums and tours as opposed to singles and marketability. Wale has long history of expressing his dissatisfaction with ‘end year lists’ that failed to give him enough respect.

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”I got a homie, he a rapper and he wanna win bad
He want the fame, the acclaim, the respect that’s been had
By all the legends, so every time I see him, he stressin’
Talkin’ ’bout, niggas don’t fuck with him, the shit is depressin’
And I know he so bitter he can’t see his own blessings
Goddamn, nigga, you too blind to see you got fans, nigga
And a platform to make a classic rap song
To change a nigga’s life, but you too anxious livin’ life
Always worried ’bout the critics who ain’t ever fuckin’ did it
I write what’s in my heart, don’t give a fuck who fuckin’ with it
But in a sense I can relate, the need to be great
Turns into an obsession and keeps a nigga up late
Writin’ words, hopin’ people observe the dedication
That stirs in you constantly, but intentions get blurred
Do I do it for the love of the music or is there more to me?
Do I want these niggas to worship me? False prophets”

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Wale was quick to respond to J Cole with his ‘Groundhog Day’ track. However many see  Cole’s verse as words of encouragement from a brother to another. Wale reiterates his underrated status, opening up about his challenges at Interscope, saying it took J Cole’s track to inspire him back to focus and energy. The two later met at basketball game and shared light moments together.

”The most highly underrated of my generation
Behind them crooked smiles niggas neglect to embrace me
Respect is in order now”

”All you naysaying, instigating, player hating
Niggas be safe though
I’m on my way to Raleigh so grateful for that inspiration
I’ll see you at the game bro”