Leonard Cohen Penned Poem About Kanye West
Did Leonard Cohen write a diss track about Kanye West?
The Flame, a newly-published collection of poems, lyrics and drawings by the late Canadian icon includes a poem titled “Kanye West is not Picasso.”
Dated March 15, 2015, it includes these lines: “Kanye West is not Picasso / I am Picasso / Kanye West is not Edison / I am Edison” and “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 bulls**t culture.”
Later, it reads: “I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is / When he shoves your a** off the stage.” This is presumably a reference to West’s infamous interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs.
In his foreword, Cohen’s son Adam said The Flame, which is out now, “contains my father’s final efforts as a poet.
“It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.”
Leonard Cohen died in November 2016 at 82.
“Kanye West Is Not Picasso” by Leonard Cohen, from Cohen’s new book ‘The Flame.’ pic.twitter.com/w5lUfkjdYv— S H I R E S’ $Hit Show (@amandashires) October 11, 2018