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J. Cole's Bill Cosby line during freestyle splits fan opinion

J. Cole dropped by Power 107’s L.A. Leakers radio show on Wednesday and delivered a freestyle over the top of Souls of Mischief’s classic track ’93 ’til Infinity’. Cole has received plaudits from fans for his freestyle; however, others have criticised the bar referencing the disgraced Bill Cosby.

“Or who they debatin’ is better/ Let’s face it, he one of the greatest/ No Bill Cosby shit, but if niggas is sleepin’, then fuck ’em/ Most niggas don’t understand me/ I don’t do the GRAMMYs, I be in my jammies on sofa/ Most niggas don’t understand me,” he says on the track.

Bill Cosby is currently in prison after being found guilty in 2018 of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2014. He is currently serving a three to ten year sentence.

It wasn’t just Constand who came forward with accusations against the comedian, she was one of over 60 women who claimed that they were drugged, sexually assaulted or coerced by Cosby since 1965. Fans have jumped on to social media to complain at Cole for mentioning Cosby in the context of the bar, considering why he is in prison. However, other users loved it.

“I thought J. Cole’s freestyle on the L.A. Leakers was pretty solid, outside of that one Cosby line that shouldn’t have made it past the first draft process,” one Twitter user wrote.

“I see a lot of debate regarding Cole’s Bill Cosby line; what bothers me is its most prominent by people who from outside the culture who don’t understand hip hop lyricism & intent,” said a fan, who then shared screenshots of the definitions of the words ‘metaphor’ and ‘simile.’ “So with that, take these definitions & apply them where they fit, if so…”

Meanwhile, another user wrote: “I thought J. Cole’s freestyle on the L.A. Leakers was pretty solid, outside of that one Cosby line that shouldn’t have made it past the first draft process.”

Check out the freestyle below.

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