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Leonard Cohen wrote a poem called "Kanye West Is Not Picasso"

Even supposing Leonard Cohen gave up the ghost just about two years in the past, his paintings stays eerily related these days. “The Flame,” Cohen’s posthumous e-book of poetry, was once launched on Oct. 2, and one poem is entitled “Kanye West Is No longer Picasso.”

Cohen wrote the poem in March 2015, two years after the rapper declared “I’m Picasso. I’m Michelangelo. … I’m Steve Jobs.” Obviously, the “Hallelujah” singer didn’t consider West’s evaluate, rejecting the rapper’s declare to be such an inventive luminary. 

The poem options traces like “Kanye West isn’t Picasso/ I’m Picasso” and “I’m the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the nice bogus shift of bulls**t tradition.” 

Cohen additionally name-checks Jay-Z within the poem, pronouncing “Jay-Z isn’t the Dylan of anything else.” Bob Dylan was once Cohen’s recent and shut buddy, regardless that they’d a fairly aggressive dating. Cohen as soon as advised the New Yorker mag that Dylan advised him, “‘So far as I am involved, Leonard, you are Number one. I am Quantity 0.’ Which means, as I understood it on the time—and I used to be no longer able to dispute it—that his paintings was once past measure and my paintings was once beautiful just right.” Apparently, Jay-Z had a music/artwork piece known as “Picasso Child” in 2013. 

Cohen’s poem reads as fairly prescient, since West’s album “The Lifetime of Pablo” dropped in 2016. However West has when put next himself to the nice fashionable artist a number of instances; in 2015, all through a speech at Oxford College, he name-checked Picasso once more, and in 2016, behind the scenes at “Saturday Night time Reside,” West was once recorded speaking about Stanley Kubrick, Picasso and the apostle Paul, pronouncing that he’s 50 % extra influential than any of them and can be for the following 1,000 years. 

West made no point out of Picasso at Thursday’s assembly with President Trump on the White Area, regardless that he did name himself a “loopy motherf***er.”

Cohen died on Nov. 7, 2016. The baritone-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter was once easiest recognized for hits like “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne” and “Hen on a Twine.” He was once 82. 

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