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.”