J. Cole’s Regret over Kendrick Lamar Diss Track: A Surprising Twist in Music News

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In an unexpected turn of events, J. Cole, the renowned American rapper, has expressed regret over releasing his controversial “7 Minute Drill” track, a clear diss aimed at fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. The track was Cole’s response to Lamar’s confrontational “Like That”, but it seems that Cole is now having second thoughts.

A Sudden Change of Heart

At his Dreamville Festival in North Carolina, J. Cole made an unexpected revelation.

“I’ve been happy, I’ve been moving on my own accord… now why am I saying all of this?”

This intriguing statement immediately grabbed the audience’s attention, setting the stage for his surprising admission.

Cole went on to discuss his recent project, Might Delete Later, which was released the previous Friday. The project had been received positively, with projections indicating a listenership of between 140-160K.

“I swear to God… I’m so proud of that project. Because, I know, one, it’s just an EP that leads me to this thing that I’ve been working on for a long time and I know the work it took to get to a certain type of skill level… that shit means a lot to me… I’m so proud of that project, except for one part,”

The “one part” he referred to was none other than his diss track targeting Kendrick Lamar.

The Diss Track Drama

“7 Minute Drill” was J. Cole’s response to Kendrick Lamar’s aggressive track “Like That”. In the world of rap, diss tracks are quite common, serving as a medium for artists to settle their differences or ignite rivalries. However, this diss track seemed to have a different effect on Cole, leading to a feeling of regret rather than triumph.

The Apology and The Future

In a bold move, Cole publicly apologized for his actions, labeling them as “lame” and “goofy”. He further expressed his respect and admiration for Kendrick Lamar, showing a level of humility rarely seen in the competitive world of rap.

“Y’all love Kendrick Lamar, correct. As do I. So I just wanna come up here and publicly be like bruh, that was the lamest goofiest shit, and I say all that to say it made me feel like 10 years ago when I was moving incorrectly, and I pray that god will line me back up on my purpose and my path, I pray that my n** didn’t feel no way and if he did my n*** I got my chin out, take your best shot I’ma take that shit on the chin boy do what you do. It’s all good. It’s love. And I pray that y’all are like forgive a n***a for the misstep and I can get back to my true path cause I ain’t gonna lie to y’all the past two days felt terrible.”

This surprising admission from J. Cole adds a new layer to the narrative of diss tracks and rivalries in the rap world. It shows that even in a culture that thrives on competition and confrontation, there is room for self-reflection, growth, and change.

In the end, this unexpected twist in the J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar narrative serves as a stark reminder of the power of words and the impact they can have, even on the ones who utter them. It’s a lesson in humility, regret, and the courage it takes to admit a mistake in public, a lesson that extends far beyond the world of music.


Whether this regret will impact J. Cole’s future work or his relationship with Kendrick Lamar remains to be seen. However, one thing is clear, this incident has added another intriguing chapter to the story of these two artists and the world of rap music.

The world will be watching as the narrative unfolds and seeing how J. Cole uses this experience to influence his future artistic endeavors. For now, all we can do is appreciate the raw honesty and vulnerability he has demonstrated, reminding us all that artists, like their art, are also works in progress.


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