J. Cole divides fans with Bill Cosby reference during  L.A. Leakers freestyle
Photo courtesy of Power 106 Los Angeles/YouTube

North Carolina-based rapper J. Cole is the talk of the town.

Last week, the Dreamville CEO announced that his sixth album, The Off-Season, would drop this Friday, May 14. Naturally, many fans were excited to see that he would be releasing a project. There was also some talk that he would be playing basketball for Africa League’s Rwanda Patriots.

On Monday, he tried to build up even more anticipation for his newest album by appearing on Power 106 FM’s L.A. Leakers Freestyle hosted by DJ Sourmilk and Justin Credible.

Cole did a freestyle over two instrumentals: Souls of Mischief’s “93 Til Infinity” & Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin.”

The video went viral quickly as it reached 2.2 million views. But, that was, partly, for all the wrong reasons.

Cole even took to his Instagram to show a brief clip from the freestyle.

“If it’s not already clear don’t worry it will be soon. The Off-Season. LA Leaker freestyle out now on YouTube,” Cole’s caption read.

Many fans who watched the video decided to break down Cole’s lyrics piece by piece as they listened to his flow. But one line in particular that caught everyone’s attention was about Bill Cosby.

Cosby was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2018. 60 women accused him of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, and sexual battery. The earliest incidents range from the mid-60s to 2008.

Cosby received a sentence of three to 10 years in state prison.

“No Bill Cosby sh*t, if they sleeping then f**k em,” Cole rapped over the ‘93 Til Infinity” instrumental.

Cosby began to trend on Twitter after that.

Here’s what fans had to say about the line in question.

Others lamented why this is the reason they aren’t the biggest fans of Cole’s work any longer.

Check out the full freestyle below.

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