Leonard Cohen Once Wrote A Poem Called 'Kanye West Is Not Picasso'

12 Octubre, 2018, 03:53 | Author: Gregg Anderson
  • Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen aimed his proverbial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a collection of poems in the final months of his life.

The poem had social media abuzz on Thursday as West visited the White House.

The poem features lines like "Kanye West is not Picasso/ I am Picasso" and "I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bulls**t culture". At the time Kanye was promoting his upcoming album So Help Me God (LOL) and had just released a handful of songs with Paul McCartney, while Cohen was leading up to the release of his live album Can't Forget. Later he adds, "I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is/ When he shoves your ass off the stage".

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The poem contains a couple of expletives, and also mentions rapper Jay-Z. "Cohen once told the New Yorker magazine that Dylan told him, "'As far as I'm concerned, Leonard, you're Number 1.

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. As for Kanye's longtime frenemy Shawn Carter, Cohen writes, "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything/ I am the Dylan of anything".

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

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