Did J. Cole Do More Harm Than Good With His Deliberately Homophobic Lyrics?

The rapper says that he's trying to make a point.

By Jamilah King Jun 18, 2013

J. Cole’s new album release is being overshadowed by Kanye’s new "Yeezus", but that doesn’t mean that the younger rapper’s latest release is without its own controversy. "Born Sinner" is Cole’s second solo album, and its lead single, "Villuminati", is causing a big stir because of its provocatively homophobic lyrics. The bars in question:

My verbal AK slay faggots/ And I don’t mean no disrespect whenever I say faggot, okay faggot/ Don’t be so sensitive/ If you want to get fucked in the ass/ That’s between you and whoever else’s dick it is/ Pause, maybe that line was too far/ Just a little joke to show how homophobic you are/ And who can blame ya

In an interview last week with the Huffington Post, Cole explained what he was trying to do:

"There will soon come a day when people in general, and rap artists specifically, are going to have to answer for their past usage of the word ‘faggot,’ much like the Grandfathers who are ashamed that they used the word ‘nigger’ as kids. At a time when public acceptance of gay rights is soaring (rightfully), hip-hop culture and general are still battling with homophobia (not excluding myself). Rather than run from it I chose to attack it playfully. Those lyrics are meant to make everyone uncomfortable for the sake of this very conversation."

But Buzzfeed’s Saeed Jones isn’t buying it. Jones writes that Cole’s song features "perhaps the most homophobic lyrics I’ve heard from a major artist in the last few years."

Did J. Cole completely miss the mark? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.