Listen: J. Cole’s “Fire Squad” Slams Cultural Appropriators Justin Timberlake, Iggy Azalea
This week Azealia Banks isn’t the only rapper to take aim at those who profit from black American music genres.
Even though he previously stated that he wasn’t going to premiere any singles until his forthcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive is released on December 9th, J. Cole is causing a stir with a new track titled “Fire Squad.” Take a listen above.
Produced by Vinylz, the song serves as the sixth track on the record. On it, the North Carolina rapper calls out some of today’s popular white rappers and R&B singers stating, “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.”
He also had words for Iggy Azalea rapping, “While silly niggas argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my nigga, white people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.”
“J. Cole reached out to me, and said, ‘Man, I love your sound, I would love to sit and build with you. I don’t really mess with too many producers, but I really like your sound and it’d be an honor for me to sit with you and work,’” Vinylz told MTV News on Wednesday.
The song’s release comes out amid national protests in response to the December 3rd grand jury decision not to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY on July 17th.
Cole joined protesters in New York City immediately following the announcement.
That same evening, Iggy replied to the heightened criticism of her apathy tweeting, “Make sure you do something to let YOUR government know how you feel when something is unjust., not JUST your followers on twitter… Make sure you sign petitions, hit the streets and protest or donate to groups helping to support and rebuild the community too.”
Macklemore, who joined protesters in his hometown of Seattle, WA when a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict the officer who murdered Michael Brown, shared the following message on Wednesday:
“RIP Eric Garner and condolences to his family. We must start holding the police accountable for their actions. It’s challenging to imagine how this could happen and be excused.”