Leonard Cohen wrote a diss poem called "Kanye West Is Not Picasso"

12 October, 2018, 19:13 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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Read the full text of the poem below.

"I am Picasso!" West declared during a 2013 concert, adding for good measure: "I am Michelangelo!"

Kanye West dominated the news cycle Thursday, thanks to his weird meeting with President Donald Trump.

Leonard Cohen was the "real Kanye West". Still, many Twitter users were quick to note the timing and call the work a "diss track".

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The late Leonard Cohen was at least as well known for his poetry as for his legendary songwriting.

In the poem, Cohen muses on a number of figures, including Pablo Picasso, West, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Jay-Z, writing, "I am the real Kanye West" and "I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is". And don't forget, "I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bullshit culture/ From one boutique to another".

Cohen did not appear to bear any ill will toward the fervent Trump supporter during a 2014 interview with the Wall Street Journal.

In the recently published book "The Flame", which also includes lyrics and illustrations by the late Canadian literary and music star, is a piece titled "Kanye West is Not Picasso". "It's not necessary to identify", he said". An article in Maclean's by Brian D. Johnson describes the book's tone and selections as seeming to "reflect the nearly giddy vertigo of an artist standing at the brink of death". As for Kanye's longtime frenemy Shawn Carter, Cohen writes, "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything/ I am the Dylan of anything".

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