A posthumous poetry collection by Leonard Cohen called “The Flame” contains a poem which references rap stars Kanye West and Jay-Z. It’s called “Kanye West Is Not Picasso” and a copy of it surfaced on Twitter yesterday (Oct. 11).
Cohen writes, “Kanye West is not Picasso/I am Picasso” and later “Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything/I am the Dylan of anything/I am the Kanye West of Kanye West …” (Read the poem in the Twitter post below).
Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen wrote the foreword of the book saying, “This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet. It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.”
The book was published via Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in hardcover First American Edition on Oct. 2. Fans and critics alike have anxiously awaited the book’s release, which was announced almost a year ago to the publishing date, via in a press release. "The Flame" contains poems, lyrics and drawings from Cohen's notebooks. The late, great singer-songwriter was an ardent poet and published several collections of poetry as well as novels in the ‘50s and ‘60s before turning his creative effort to music. His debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was released in 1967.
Cohen went on to craft a prolific career in music and is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters of all time. One of his most iconic songs, “Hallelujah,” was published in 1984 and has been covered by over 300 artists in multiple languages. Jeff Buckley’s version made No. 264 of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
Cohen died in 2016 at the age of 82 with 14 studio albums to his credit. His final album, You Want It Darker, was released 19 days before Cohen’s death. It debuted at No. 1 on Cohen’s native Canadian chart, No. 4 on the UK chart and No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. The album’s title track earned a Grammy for Best Rock Performance in 2018.
Adam Cohen told CBC Radio q in an interview he’s working on a collection of his father’s unfinished songs which will be released as a posthumous album sometime next year. “There are these songs that exist that he wanted finished, these incredible powerful readings that were set to music,” Cohen explained.
A release date for the impending Leonard Cohen album has not yet been confirmed.
“Kanye West Is Not Picasso” by Leonard Cohen, from Cohen’s new book ‘The Flame.’ pic.twitter.com/w5lUfkjdYv— S H I R E S’ $Hit Show (@amandashires) October 11, 2018