Kanye West dissed by Leonard Cohen in new poem

Kanye West dissed by Leonard Cohen in new poem

For as poignant and pointed as "Kanye West Is Not Picasso" looks on the page, it's when you hear it read aloud that it's truest impact is felt.

Dated March 15, 2015, the poem is a cheeky point-counterpoint narrative surrounding the boastful nature of the hip-hop star, who once declared onstage: "I am Picasso". "I am Picasso", starts Cohen's poem. I am Basquiat! I am Walt Disney!

Kanye West has been inescapable for virtually the whole year due to his head-scratching behavior and controversial comments.

The posthumously published poem, titled "Kanye West Is Not Picasso", is included in the poetry collection The Flame by the late Canadian music icon.

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"I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/The Kanye West/Of the great bogus shift of bullsh*t culture." he wrote. It also features Academy Award-nominated actor Michael Shannon, who was given the enviable task of reading "Kanye West Is Not Picasso". As for Kanye's longtime frenemy Shawn Carter, Cohen writes, "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything/ I am the Dylan of anything".

Poems in "The Flame" are said to have been selected and ordered by Cohen himself.

And in 2016, backstage at "Saturday Night Live", he was recorded saying he was 50 percent more influential than Picasso, Stanley Kubrick and the apostle Paul - and would remain so for the next 1,000 years, CBS News reported. "A lot of, say Jay Z or Kanye Westyou don't have to identify with every position they take, especially if you're white", he told The Wall Street Journal in 2014.

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