Last week, the “Everybody Mad” rapper shared his own version of Cole’s 2005 single to his Instagram page and titled it “Never Knew.” His rendition focused on his “Crip” lifestyle and starts off with the lyrics, “Cuh-uhh/never knew that I was crippin/and if a n–ga get to trippin.”
It’s fair to say Cole was less than impressed by OT’s version. As a matter of fact, the 38-year-old crooner shut down the rapper’s request to do a duet with her.
“All I want for Christmas is my duet ♿,” Genasis said via Instagram on Sunday, tagging the “Let It Go” artist in his post.
Cole responded to his remarks on Instagram blog “The Shade Room” and wrote, “All I want for Christmas is some of that ‘Everybody Mad’ publishing LMAO.” She even went a step further by threatening to remove “Love” from streaming music service iTunes after a fan said the song has been permanently changed by the new rendition.
“Thanks @otgenasis… I’ll never hear “love” by @keyshiacole the same ever again 🤦🏽😭😭,” a Twitter user said.
Cole replied, “I’m gonna take mines off iTunes so no worries.”
Several fans slammed Cole for her reactions toward OT.
“If she stop being bitter and dumb that would be some 🔥 marketing. She been talkin to Ella mai lol”
“Girrrrlll chill tf and relax. He made the damn song fa fun why she so hostile😐people so sensitive I canttt.”
“Did she write the song? If so then she should just child and collect her coins instead of being salty 🤷🏾♀️”
“It’s not even that serious.. lighten up 🙄 she so lame. This is your way back to music… not those damn reality shows”
After receiving backlash on her apparent “bitter” remarks, the “I Remember” singer finally explained her reasoning behind her attitude and tweeted Monday, Dec. 9, “You kno. Once a artist creates something so close to the heart, we release it to the world. And no matter if that makes you laugh,cry, sing or all three. It’s been released. It’s you guys now. That song was very personal me, because it CHANGED MY LIFE. Maybe I did care 2 much.”
A few of her fans showered her with support.
“You don’t have to explain yourself KC! You have every right to feel the way you do! That’s YOUR song! Blood sweat and tears!” one fan said.
Another added, “People don’t realize sampling isn’t just about money but sometimes it’s the emotion that went behind the song creation that is dear to an artist heart.”
Cole’s 2005 single was featured on her debut album “The Way It Is” and topped Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 3 at the time.
OT hasn’t expounded on Cole’s latest response.