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

Lewis Collier
October 12, 2018

Leonard Cohen aimed his proverbial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a collection of poems in the final months of his life. Still, many Twitter users were quick to note the timing and call the work a "diss track". Following his 2013 outburst, West repeated a similar sentiment during a 2015 speech at Oxford University, saying "My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater". It also features Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, who was given the enviable task of reading "Kanye West Is Not Picasso".

The late Leonard Cohen was at least as well known for his poetry as for his legendary songwriting. "Kanye West is not Edison".

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Cohen did not appear to bear any ill will toward the fervent Trump supporter during a 2014 interview with the Wall Street Journal. "It's not necessary to identify", he said". Read Cohen's full ode to "bullshit culture" below. "When we are exposed to someone's real experience, it resonates and it invigorates". In the poem from Cohen's posthumous book, he declares, "Kanye West is not Picasso / I am Picasso", then in Kanye-esque fashion goes on to compare himself to Edison and Tesla. "It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing objective at the end".

Montreal Gazette columnist Brendan Kelly was not a fan. He also seems to throw some shade at JAY-Z, writing, "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything / I am the Dylan of anything". "Cohen once told the New Yorker magazine that Dylan told him, "'As far as I'm concerned, Leonard, you're Number 1.

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