Leonard Cohen wrote a poem called ‘Kanye West Is Not Picasso’
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Leonard Cohen wrote a poem called ‘Kanye West Is Not Picasso’

Newly released posthumous collection by Jewish singer includes a poem making fun of US rapper, colleague Jay-Z for comparing themselves to art legends

This file photo taken on July 20, 2008 shows Canadian singer Leonard Cohen greeting the public during the international Festival of Beincassim. (AFP/Diego Tuson)
This file photo taken on July 20, 2008 shows Canadian singer Leonard Cohen greeting the public during the international Festival of Beincassim. (AFP/Diego Tuson)

Leonard Cohen wrote a poem in 2015 titled “Kanye West Is Not Picasso,” making fun of the US artist and of fellow rapper Jay-Z, included in a new posthumous collection of poetry written by the legendary Canadian Jewish singer, who died in 2016 aged 82.

The diss poem appears to be a response to repeated remarks West made over the years, comparing himself to the famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, among other celebrities.

“Kanye West is not Picasso/ I am Picasso/ Kanye West is not Edison/ I am Edison/ I am Tesla,” the poem reads.

In 2015, the always provocative West said he would be Picasso or greater if he decided to become a painter.

Kanye West meets with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, October 11, 2018. (SAUL LOEB / AFP)

“My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater,” the 41-year-old rapper said. “That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone who has done so much, and that’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.”

Cohen’s poem, released as part of the new collection “The Flame,” also includes a reference to an infamous incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during which West interrupted a acceptance speech by Taylor Swift for Best New Video, saying singer Beyonce should have won instead.

“I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is/ When he shoves your ass off the stage,” the poem reads.

Cohen also rips Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z in the poem, saying he “is not the Dylan of Anything.”

That is an apparent response to the rapper calling himself “the Bob Dylan of rap music” in the lyrics of his 2013 song “Open Letter.”

The 48-year-old has also previously referred to himself as “the new Sinatra” and “rap’s Grateful Dead.”

Rapper Jay-Z performs onstage during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. ( Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for TIDAL via JTA)

“Kanye West Is Not Picasso” by Leonard Cohen:

Kanye West is not Picasso

I am Picasso

Kanye West is not Edison

I am Edison

I am Tesla

Jay-Z is not the Dylan of Anything

I am the Dylan of anything

I am the Kanye West of Kanye West

The Kanye West

Of the great bogus shift of bullshit culture

From one boutique to another

I am Tesla

I am his coil

The coil that made electricity soft as a bed

I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is

When he shoves your ass off the stage

I am the real Kanye West

I don’t get around much anymore

I never have

I only come alive after a war

And we have not had it yet

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