J. Cole Names Top 5 Rappers, Addresses Purported Eminem Diss

By Staff  |  12/11/2014

J. Cole

With 2014 Forest Hills Drive in stores now, J. Cole stopped by the Angie Martinez show at Power 105 on Thursday (Dec. 11) where he he revealed his top 5 rappers ever.

"It probably changes all the time," the Roc Nation rapper said, before running down the list.

Cole then named his top four: the late Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., Nas and Jay Z. But, the fifth spot, he says it's a toss up between Eminem and André 3000.

"I wanna say [André] so bad, but Eminem is like solo dolo," he explained. "Andre's incredible, but he'll tell you himself, he was in a duo so his workload was a little less, but creatively he's miles beyond."

Later, Cole responded to those who think he dissed Eminem on "Fire Squad," where he raps: "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 n*gga Elvis did with rock 'n' roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore."

He says the song wasn't intended to be a diss. "It's silly how big of an Eminem fan I am," said Cole. "It was a very select group of top notch people that I worship and Eminem was literally at the top of that list. My first song sounded like an Eminem bite. If you think I'm dissing Eminem, I know you just read the headline, or you're listening to the song with the headline in mind."