J. COLE & DIGGY SIMMONS RE-IGNITE BEEF…
Rappers are always bragging about having the newest this and the freshest that, but when it comes to beef, it seems they’re satisfied with warmed-up leftovers. J. Cole and Diggy Simmons recently took their months-old filet mignon (actually, it’s more like Grade C ground) out of the freezer and popped it in the microwave, with a brand-new round of potshots on the mic.
Almost half a year after the two XXL Freshmen first clashed, Cole started the new fight when Kendrick Lamar invited him onstage during his recent Music Matters show in Charlotte, N.C. J kicked a freestyle that contained the following line, which some say is aimed at Diggy: “Picture me hating on a young n—a with talent/Album flopped, but it’s cool, he caked out on his allowance.”
Diggy certainly seemed to think he was the target — he responded with a furious, full-on diss track, “Fall Down,” which premiered this Sept. 17. “I guess I rattled you, snaggletooth/You know better/Thought J stood for Jermaine, not Jet Setter / You seen me and shook my hand, coppin’ pleas in person / Now you act less than a man, mentioning me in verses / You used to have dreams of my big sister kissing ya / Now it’s nightmares of her little brother dissing ya,” Diggy raps.
Things get even more personal later on, when Diggy spits, “Maybe you should sign with me instead of Mr. Carter, how you mad at me I got a relationship with my father, huh?”
In another sign Cole vs. Diggy round two is more heated, Tyrese jumped in the fray — taking sides and calling out Cole in a tweet over the weekend. “S–t ain’t gonna fly no more … J Cole … Diggy is family … S–t ain’t flyin … Ps .. I’m grown,” Tyrese wrote.
Cole and Diggy first butted heads earlier this year after Cole released the track “Grew Up Fast,” which contained the following line: “You n—-s is not Russell/You more Diggy, me, I’m more Biggie/No diss to the young boy, I’m just rapping, get bored quickly.” The track also helped spark rumors of a romance between Cole and Diggy’s sister, Vanessa Simmons — who attended St. John’s University at the same time as Cole — with the line “What up Vanessa, I loved you that one semester.” Cole’s song “Purple Rain” only fueled the fire further, with its references to a freaky fling with a preacher’s daughter. (Vanessa and Diggy’s father, of course, is Rev. Run.)
Diggy replied to Cole by name back then as well, with the leaked freestyle “What You Say to Me”: “The other day I was listening to ‘Purple Rain,’ couldn’t believe all of the things that I heard em say,” Diggy spits. “Who dat, who dat, you know who it is, heard you lying on my sis, telling people that you hit/When your album drops I’ma hit you with your bricks, so I’ma bomb first on you since you wanna riff… little n—a named Cole think he live like me, jetsetter trendsetter, yeah you not like me.”
J. Cole still has yet to take Diggy on directly, but with the new body blows landed in “Fall Down,” that may be about to change. Stay tuned, and stay hungry: We have a feeling there’s more from these two on the way… Giztzzz… madetv!