The veteran lyricist says that Cole hasn't properly been "paying homage" despite naming him as an influence.
Canibus took to Facebook earlier this weekend to explain his beef with J. Cole, soon releasing a diss track titled "J. Clone" as a takedown of the Roc Nation rapper.
In a post on Facebook (via DDot Omen), Canibus writes that the Jay-Z protege bigs him up in interviews as one of his favorite rappers and plays his older material, but then says that because Cole doesn't support his more recent material.
"Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s coming up, and more like an artist that has physically passed on already(i.e. Tupac, B.I.G., Big L, Heavy D, Eyeda [sic]): you get the point I’m trying to make," he wrote. "I can’t help but to think that he is not nearly as sincere or genuine as he would like real hip hop heads to think he is because he speaks about me like I am dead. What he is doing is underhanded and disingenuous and whether it is his idea or not, I don’t agree with his tactic and I have something to say about it."
Rip the Jacker then released a diss track titled "J. Clone," which includes clips from Cole interviews where he calls Can his favorite rapper. "If it ain’t a threat, then it must be a promise / You said my name so much they think you’re being honest / It’s more than that, we could’ve recorded the track / You could give me a stack for a verse just like that,” he raps.