J. Cole’s Claim of Kendrick’s 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Being a Sleep-Inducing Album Causes Stir Among Fans

To be clear, 'TPAB' received universal acclaim upon its release in 2015 and is routinely included in Best Albums of All Time discussions.

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Two performers on stage; one in casual attire with a microphone, the other in a mask with a dramatic layered outfit

The purported sleep-inducing qualities of J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar’s respective discographies are at the center of a debate, of sorts, following the surprise rollout of the “Like That”-addressing “7 Minute Drill.”

In case you somehow missed it, Cole's Might Delete Later arrived out of nowhere on Friday, bringing with it a closing track that mirrors Jay-Z’s 2001 Nas diss “Takeover.”

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The song's first verse sees Cole kicking things off with a swiftly questioned dig at The Simpsons' (still-in-progress) historical TV run before giving his takes on Kendrick's catalog, like so:

I came up in the 'Ville, so I'm good when it's tension
He still doin' shows, but fell off like The Simpsons
Your first shit was classic, your last shit was tragic
Your second shit put n***as to sleep, but they gassed it
Your third shit was massive and that was your prime
I was trailin' right behind and I just now hit mine

While 2011’s Section.80 is technically considered Kendrick’s first studio album, his major label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, is alternately pointed to by some fans as the beginning of the Kendrick we know today. Cole is taking the latter interpretation in “7 Minute Drill,” meaning his “put n***as to sleep” argument is referencing the universally acclaimed To Pimp a Butterfly, released in 2015. 

As expected, people had (a whole hell of) a lot to say about Cole's sleepy claims. In short, while plenty of listeners rocked with some of what Cole offered up on his diss track, the playful narcoleptic assessment was a bridge too far.

See for yourself:

j cole talking about other people’s music putting them to sleep https://t.co/dEX0uTbeq4 pic.twitter.com/KlR6VGhX9l

— george (@innerv1sions) April 5, 2024

J Cole saying someone’s music puts people to sleep pic.twitter.com/HfCxoMdAhH

— Dylan Bishop (@villainbishop) April 5, 2024

cole of ALL fucking people should not be talking about ANYONE’s album putting ANYONE to sleep… pic.twitter.com/Sm6QbaU5Rp

— kris. (@KristinDior_) April 5, 2024

J Cole telling somebody their music puts them to sleep is ironic asf https://t.co/A7lCJYJyKK


J Cole talking about putting people to sleep? pic.twitter.com/uBoobXNnyO

— Robbo (@Andrewsonrobert) April 5, 2024

Kendrick hearing J cole say TPAB put people to sleep #IKnowThatAintWhoIThinkItIs pic.twitter.com/Tse48Qg9PK

— “J” (@j__43_) April 5, 2024

Cole dissing “To Pimp A Butterfly” and saying it put people to sleep is mos def a choice.

Like…im really shocked he said that. Like bro…do you know who you are?…. pic.twitter.com/1jX4nKP3QO

— Aaron Busby 🏁 (@MrBusby4o8) April 5, 2024

J Cole def playing a risky game talking about albums that put people to sleep lol

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) April 5, 2024

J Cole is brave to say To Pimp A Butterfly put ppl to sleep because Kendrick bout throw haymakers in the 6th round https://t.co/GTH2j4HxRB

— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) April 5, 2024

I can’t believe J COLE talking about somebody raps putting him to sleep. Has he heard his own discography???

— Adrienne | Creative Consultant and Soap Queen 🫧 (@brownandbella) April 5, 2024

J. Cole… I was with you until you said his second shit put people to sleep but they gassed it…


Now, Cole… 😒

Everything else was spot on lol pic.twitter.com/WLpbcjCLAP

— 🌟Blue Bird Terrorist🌟 (@BlueBirdTerror) April 5, 2024

Regardless of whose catalog you may or may not believe has the ability to facilitate snoozery, we should all be able to agree that getting quality rest is extremely important. That's why you can routinely catch me out like a light by 9:00 p.m. sharp.

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