Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Read Leonard Cohen’s Poem "Kanye West Is Not Picasso"

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Julia Gonzales | 12 October, 2018, 19:15

Cohen died little more than a week after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, so the poem clearly had nothing to do with the rapper's Oval Office meeting.

Dated March 15, 2015, the poem is a cheeky point-counterpoint narrative surrounding the boastful nature of the hip-hop star, who once declared onstage: "I am Picasso".

Ironically, West is scheduled to meet with the President Trump again today, continuing his public parade of insanity that caused wife Kim Kardashian West to come to the rapper's defense after his tweets started showing signs of nuttiness. The poem bears a blunt title: "Kanye West Is Not Picasso". Still, many Twitter users were quick to note the timing and call the work a "diss track".

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"I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bull- culture." he wrote. "Kanye West is not Picasso/ I am Picasso", Cohen writes.

The "Hallelujah" singer, who died almost two years ago at age 82, wrote a poem in March 2015 in which he took issue with Yeezy's declaration of being the famed Cubist painter from Spain.

The posthumously published poem, titled "Kanye West Is Not Picasso", is included in the poetry collection The Flame by the late Canadian music icon. "It's not necessary to identify". 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". He also seems to throw some shade at JAY-Z, writing, "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything / I am the Dylan of anything". "I am the Dylan of anything", says the poem.

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