LISTEN: J. Cole appears to take shots at Kanye West on his new song 'Middle Child' 5 months ago

LISTEN: J. Cole appears to take shots at Kanye West on his new song 'Middle Child'

Shots fired.

Rap fans were delighted when a couple of weeks ago, J. Cole announced that he had a new album on the way.

And even though Revenge of The Dreamers III isn't due out until some point in the near future, we were given a taster of what to expect through a spontaneous new Cole song on Thursday morning.

'Middle Child' dropped and immediately got a great reception online, as Cole songs tend to do, and although we think it most certainly is a banger, there are also some lyrics that have caught people's attention.

A few lines in the song appear to be directed at Kanye West, following his recent beef with Drake.

Cole appears to take Drake's side in the rivalry, firstly by saying: "This watch came from Drizzy, he gave me a gift", highlighting the friendship that the two have.

But the next couple of bars were about Kanye, and they were far less positive.

Cole rapped: "If I smoke a rapper, it's gon' be legit
It won't be for clout, it won't be for fame
It won't be 'cause my shit ain't sellin' the same
It won't be to sell you my latest lil' sneakers
It won't be 'cause some ni**a slid in my lane"

This appears to reference Kanye's recent Twitter rant in which he had a go at Drake.

Critics of Kanye seem to think that he started having a go at Drake on Twitter as a publicity stunt in an attempt to promote his sneakers, which hadn't been selling as well as anticipated at the time.

It also fairly widely accepted that Kanye paved the way for Drake, explaining the "slid in my lane" line at the end.

Kanye is yet to reply, and unfortunately if he does, it probably won't be in a song, but we'll keep an eye on his Twitter page.

You can listen to 'Middle Child' here: