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

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 12, 2018

Leonard Cohen aimed his proverbial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a collection of poems in the final months of his life. But a few hours before the rapper arrived at the White House in a "Make America Great Again" cap and spouted off a 10-minute speech praising the commander-in-chief, a poem that the late Leonard Cohen wrote about Yeezy surfaced online.

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".

"Kanye West is not Picasso".

Regardless of what one's interpretation - or opinion - of this poem may be, Cohen actually spoke positively about West a year before he wrote "Kanye West Is Not Picasso". Later he adds, "I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is/ When he shoves your ass off the stage". "I am Edison. I am Tesla". "I am the Dylan of anything", says the poem.

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. Interestingly, Jay-Z had a song/art piece called "Picasso Baby" in 2013.

In the foreword, his son Adam Cohen writes that the volume "was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing goal at the end".

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