J. Cole Expresses Remorse For Kendrick Lamar Diss: Reflects On Feeling 'Terrible' In Past Days
J. Cole Expresses Remorse For Kendrick Lamar Diss: Reflects On Feeling 'Terrible' In Past Days

During his headline performance at the Dreamville Festival in North Carolina on Sunday (April 7), J. Cole openly admitted to regretting his decision to release a diss track aimed at Kendrick Lamar. The track, titled “7 Minute Drill,” was the final addition to his surprise project “Might Delete Later,” which dropped on April 5. In the song, Cole responded to Lamar’s verses on Future and Metro Boomin’s “Like That,” where Lamar took aim at Drake and J. Cole, referring to them as part of “the big three.”

Speaking to the audience, J. Cole confessed, “I’m really proud of ‘Might Delete Later,’ except for one aspect. There’s this one part that just makes me feel like, man, that’s the lamest thing I’ve ever done in my life, you know?” He expressed feeling pressured to respond publicly to Lamar due to the ensuing discussions it sparked. “I was torn because, on one hand, I know how I truly feel about my peers, about these two individuals who I’ve been fortunate enough to stand alongside in this industry, let alone chase after their greatness. But on the other hand, there’s this expectation for bloodshed, you know? The world craves drama.”

J. Cole Admits Regret at Dreamville Festival

J. Cole went on to explain that releasing the diss track left him feeling spiritually unsettled, stating, “It just didn’t sit right with my spirit. It disrupted my peace. So I just want to say right here tonight, amidst all of that, and trying to downplay this guy’s catalog and his greatness, how many of you think Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest to ever touch a mic? Dreamville, do you love Kendrick Lamar? Because I sure do.”

Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole
J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar

He continued, “So, I just want to publicly acknowledge that what I did was the lamest, most foolish thing. I say all this to say it felt like I was reverting back to a time when I wasn’t moving in the right direction, you know? And I pray that God will guide me back onto my true path, onto my true purpose. I pray that Kendrick didn’t take it to heart, but if he did, I’m here, I’m open. Take your best shot, I’ll take it on the chin. It’s all good. It’s love. And I hope you all can forgive me for this misstep so I can find my way back to where I belong. Because I’ll be honest with you, the past two days have been awful. It’s made me realize how peaceful I’ve been for the past decade.”

The beef between Lamar, Cole, and Drake originated from “First Person Shooter,” a collaboration between Cole and Drake featured on Drake’s 2023 album “For All the Dogs.” In the track, Cole rapped about being part of the “big three” alongside Lamar and Drake. Lamar responded on “Like That” with a direct diss, rejecting the idea of a “big three.”

While J. Cole grapples with his regret over the diss, Drake has only vaguely acknowledged the situation during his current tour, focusing more on self-confidence and resilience in the face of criticism.

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