Rapper J. Cole has been blackmailed by a fan who put a gun to the head of a little girl, threatening to shoot her if the rapper didn’t respond to his tweet.
The fan left the disturbing message on Monday night, including a picture of a little girl looking down the barrel of a gun.
The fan tweeted: “@JColeNC retweet me and I’ll buy Born Sinner. Don’t retweet me and I’ll kill my lil sister.”
J. Cole responded to the blackmail attempt, retweeting the message. The person tweeting to the rapper claimed they were from Saudi Arabia, but TMZ noted there was no way to know for sure.
TMZ later attempted to contact police in North Carolina, where J. Cole lives, but they hadn’t heard of the incident.
The fan later claimed that the gun was only a BB gun and that the girl was never in any real harm.
J. Cole had been in the news for other reasons lately. The North Carolina rapper said he moved up the release of Born Sinner, his sophomore album, so he could compete with Kanye West’s new album Yeezus.
Cole’s album was slated to come out in July, but instead was released Tuesday. He said it wasn’t out of disrespect to Kanye, but instead in a sense of competition.
“Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation,” the 28-year-old tweeted. “Which is exactly why I’m moving my release date up.”
J. Cole explained further how he decided to move up the release of Born Sinner:
“Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date,” J. Cole said. “I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”
J. Cole himself responded to the blackmail attempt on Tuesday morning, tweeting, “Wildest s**t I ever seen on twitter.”