Lil Pump Doesn't Think J. Cole Was Right About His Career

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Lil Pump looks back at J. Cole's "1985."

The pioneers of the Soundcloud era have greatly impacted the sound of hip-hop today, for better or for worse. Though many of them emerged as some of the brightest stars of today, others failed to evolve or mature beyond their initial offerings.

Most would likely agree that Lil Pump falls in the latter category, especially since his career has been rather stagnant in recent years. In 2018, J. Cole practically predicted his downfall in "1985," and seemingly addressed it once again on "Lion King On Ice" in 2020.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 25: Rapper Lil Pump performs during the 2020 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

During a recent appearance on The Bootleg Kev podcast, Lil Pump reflected on Cole's prediction of his downfall. From his perspective, Cole was more curious about what was happening with the new generation, especially since lyrical rappers were being pushed to the side.

"He was trying to understand [the] young generation, ’cause at that time people didn’t understand what was going on with the music,” he said. “‘There’s this new wave coming in, we don’t understand it but we’re just gonna roll with it.’ But I fuck with J. Cole, I don’t have no problems with him.”

However, Pump also explained that he doesn't think Cole was correct in his assessment of his career. Though we've witnessed Pump leap into the world of OnlyFans and basically slow down on releasing music, the Florida rapper said that he's still a relevant figure who hasn't been forgotten by the masses.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 17: J. Cole performs during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 17, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

"Nope, because I’m still here,” he said. “I don’t think he predicted shit. I’m still here.”

Despite the brief feud between the two parties, J. Cole and Lil Pump sat down for a lengthy conversation where they came to a mutual understanding with one another. Ultimately, J. Cole wasn't trying to tear down the new generation of rappers. Instead, he wanted to provide them with some sort of game to live by, especially as they navigate the music industry.

Check out Lil Pump's comments about J. Cole's "1985" bars below.

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.