J. Cole just released “Middle Child,” the first single from his upcoming album, The Off Season. Produced by T-Minus and Cole himself, the song’s title is an analogy for the rapper’s (self-proclaimed) position of being caught between two generations (“I’m dead in the middle of two generations, I’m little bro and big bro all at once”).
J. Cole does a fair amount of name-checking on the track, but the part that’s getting the most attention online is the rapper’s mention of Drake, who he acknowledges as a fellow legend. This is followed by what could only be considered a Kanye diss:
This watch came from Drizzy, he gave me a gift
Back when the rap game was prayin’ I’d diss
They act like two legends cannot coexist
But I’d never beef with a nigga for nothin’
If I smoke a rapper, it’s gon’ be legit
It won’t be for clout, it won’t be for fame
It won’t be ’cause my shit ain’t sellin’ the same
It won’t be to sell you my latest lil’ sneakers
It won’t be ’cause some nigga slid in my lane
Listen to “Middle Child” below.