And served Jay-Z in a sick diss while he was at it
Andy Hill
17:00 12th October 2018

A poem has emerged from the archives of Leonard Cohen which throws significant shade in the general direction of Kanye West.

'Kanye West is not Picasso' is a merciless ‘diss-ode’ (I invented that term, hope you like it) where the ‘Hallelujah’ master craftsman muses mockingly on the prominent hip-hop bellend over 21-scorching lines.

West, you’ll recall as of yesterday, is Donald Trump’s new best mate and policy consultant. So mad props to Cohen for sticking the boot in from beyond the grave.

Wanna read the poem? Course you do:

Kanye West is not Picasso
I am Picasso
Kanye West is not Edison
I am Edison
I am Tesla
Jay-Z is not the Dylan of Anything
I am the Dylan of anything
I am the Kanye West of Kanye West
The Kanye West
Of the great bogus shift of bullshit culture
From one boutique to another
I am Tesla
I am his coil
The coil that made electricity soft as a bed
I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is
When he shoves your ass off the stage
I am the real Kanye West
I don’t get around much anymore
I never have
I only come alive after a war
And we have not had it yet

Anyway, the reason this poem has come to light is because a new collection of the late artist’s work, entitled The Flame, comprising pieces Cohen penned in the months leading up to his death in November 2016 at ripe old the age of 82.

And rejoice, if you’re hoping there’s new songs in the archives too: Cohen’s son Adam last month, announced: “I believe that there are some really beautiful new songs of Leonard Cohen that no one’s heard that are at some point going to come out.”

So Jay-Z, sleep with one eye open.


Photo: Cai Trefor