News Leonard Cohen Disses Kanye West and JAY-Z in New Poem

Angelo Anderson
October 12, 2018

Read the full text of the poem below. "I'm Number Zero.' Meaning, as I understood it at the time-and I was not ready to dispute it-that his work was beyond measure and my work was pretty good".

Ironically, West is scheduled to meet with the President Trump again today, continuing his public parade of insanity that caused wife Kim Kardashian West to come to the rapper's defense after his tweets started showing signs of nuttiness.

Perhaps Cohen really was the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is. Still, many Twitter users were quick to note the timing and call the work a "diss track".


Shannon's gravely drawl is a flawless fit for the boiling prose, and there's something nearly cathartic about hearing him spit out verses like, "I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bullshit culture/ From one boutique to another".

"This volume contains my father's final efforts as a poet", writes Cohen's son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword.

Regardless of what one's interpretation - or opinion - of this poem may be, Cohen actually spoke positively about West a year before he wrote "Kanye West Is Not Picasso". "A lot of, say Jay Z or Kanye Westyou don't have to identify with every position they take, especially if you're white", he told The Wall Street Journal in 2014. While the book in which the poem appears was published posthumously, Cohen did take part in deciding what pieces would be included. "It's not necessary to identify". "It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing objective at the end".

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