J Cole Is Officially “The Artist Of The People, By The People, And For The People”

I went and bought J Cole’s album, “Forest Hills Drive” because I knew Cole was not doing it for the money, he was doing for the people. He tried to make his album all about the music and the people.

  • He did not release any radio singles to build hype.
  • He had no features on the album.
  • He was quoted on the album saying, “I dont give a fuck if we only sell 3 copies, we killed this shit”.
  • He went on David Letterman to promote a message, not a song.

“Forget this chain, cause this ain’t me
Though I’m eternally grateful to JAY Z
I’m so elated, we celebrated like Obama
Waited until his last day in office
To tell the nation, brothers is getting their reparations, hey!
A man can dream, can he?
No disrespect, in terms of change
I haven’t seen any
Maybe he had good intentions
But was stifled by the system
And was sad to learn that he actually couldn’t bring any…
That’s what I get for thinking…
This world is fair
They let a brother steer the ship
And never told him that the ship was sinking
But I got other shit to think about…
Like my bank account
Forget that watch, you paid too much for it
You ‘ought to be ashamed
When brothers back home be dreading when the seasons change
Cause they ain’t got no heat
And they ain’t got no AC
WalMart distribution fired my homie
He just had a baby
You wonder why it’s been so many B and E’s lately
While brothers from the hood shooting like it’s TNT lately
This is all the ballers leaving college early
I turn on the TV and don’t see no brothers with degrees lately”

J Cole added this verse to his song ‘Be Free’ when performed on Letterman. He addresses some of America’s issue and even had the guts to criticize Obama, which he did very justly. Cole is doing this music thing for the bigger picture, not the bigger check. Cole has goals of changing people’s lives through his music. His goal is not to make a song that changes somebody’s live by a girl twerking on their face at the club.

Cole has been tweeting a lot of selfless quotes that help prove he is “The Artist Of The People, By The People, And For The People”;

@JColeNC: “Fuck money, spread Love.”

Cole is one of the few rappers who you don’t see pictures of smoking weed and poppin bottles at the club. You won’t hear a story about him on TMZ and probably won’t hear any of his new music on the radio. But his words will change people… He will change the way people think and maybe can inspire somebody to change the wya they live. He will make somebody realize its not about how much you drop at the club but that its about using that money to make the world a better place.

Here are some lyrics from “Forest Hills Drive” that exemplify his realness and proof he is “The Artist Of The People, By The People, And For The People”:

  • “Don’t give ’em too much you
    Don’t let ’em take control
    It’s one thing you do
    Don’t let ’em taint your soul
    If you believe in God
    One thing’s for sure
    If you ain’t aim too high
    Then you aim too low”
  • “What’s the price for a black man life?
    I check the toe tag, not one zero in sight”
  • “I wrote back and said “Of course I had sex before”
    Knowing I was frontin’
    I said I’m like a pro baby
    Knowing I was stuntin’
    But if I told the truth I knew I’d get played out son
    Hadn’t been in pussy since the day I came out one”
  • “Small town nigga Hollywood dreams
    I know that everything that glitters ain’t gold
    I know the shits not always good as it seems”
  • “Listen
    History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes
    Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows
    Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
    Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore
    While silly niggas argue over who gone snatch the crown
    Look around my nigga white people have snatched the sound
    This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
    Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile
    I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit
    Same rope you climb up on, they’ll hang you with
    But not Jermaine, my aim too sick
    I bang nigga, I came to bring the pain my brain too quick
    You see how I maneuver this game, I ain’t stupid
    I recognize that life is a dream, and I dream lucid
    And break the chains and change minds, one verse at a time
    And claim too sick. And fuck it, if the shoe fits
    Who’s the king?”
  • “This shit is r*******
    Why every rich black nigga gotta be famous
    Why every broke black nigga gotta be brainless
    That’s a stereotype
    Driven by some people up in Ariel Heights”
  • “This is the part that the thugs skip
    Young nigga never had love
    You know, foot massage, back rub shit
    Blowing bubbles in the bathtub shit
    That is until I met you
    Together we done watch years go by
    Seen a river of your tears go by
    Got me thinkin’ bout some kids, still I
    Tell them hoes come through
    (The break up)
    Get to know somebedy and you learn a lot about ’em
    When we long for you, start to doubt ’em
    Tell yourself you better off without ’em
    Then in time you will find can’t walk without ’em
    Can’t talk without ’em, can’t breath without ’em
    Came here together, you can’t leave without ’em
    So you walk back in, make a scene about ’em
    On your Amerie it’s just 1 thing about ’em
    It’s called love
    Niggas don’t sing about it no more”
  • “First things first rest in peace Uncle Phil
    For real, you the only father that I ever knew
    I get my bitch pregnant I’ma be a better you
    Prophesies that I made way back in the Ville
    For Phil, Listen even back when we was broke my team ill
    Martin Luther King would have been on Dreamville”
  • “I came fast like 9-1-1 in white neighborhoods
    Ain’t got no shame bout it
    She think I’m spoiled and I’m rich cause I can have any bitch
    I got defensive and said “Nah, I was the same without it”
    But then I thought back, back to a better me
    Before I was a B-list celebrity
    Before I started callin’ bitches bitches so heavily
    Back when you could get a platinum plaque without no melody
    You wasn’t sweatin’ me”
  • “She deserved that, she a bird, it’s a bird trap
    You think if I didn’t rap she would flirt back
    Takin’ off her skirt, let her wear my shirt before she leave
    I’ma need my shirt back”
  • “Now all I’m left with is hoes from reality shows
    Hand her a script the bitch probably couldn’t read along”
  • “Think back to Forest Hills, no perfect home
    But the only thing like home I’ve ever known
    Until they snatched it from my mama
    And foreclosed her on the loan
    I’m so sorry that I left you there to deal with that alone
    I was up in New York City chasin’ panties, gettin’ dome
    Had no clue what you was goin’ through
    How could you be so strong?
    And how could I be so selfish, I know I can be so selfish
    I could tell by how I treat you with my girl
    Damn she so selfless, but she put up with my way
    Because she loves me like you do
    And though it don’t always show I love her just like I love you
    And I need to treat you better
    Wish you could live forever, so we could spend more time together”
  • “No such thing as a life that’s better than yours”
  • “It’s beauty in the struggle , ugliness in the success
    Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress
    I grew up in the city and though some times we had less
    Compared to some of my niggas down the block man we were blessed
    And life can’t be no fairytale, no once upon a time
    But I be God damned if a nigga don’t be tryin’
    So tell me mama please why you be drinking all the time?
    Does all the pain he brought you still linger in your mind?
    Cause pain still lingers on mine
    On the road to riches listen this is what you’ll find
    The good news is nigga you came a long way
    The bad news is nigga you went the wrong way
    Think being broke was better”
  • “For what’s money without happiness?
    Or hard times without the people you love
    Though I’m not sure what’s ’bout to happen next
    I asked for strength from the Lord up above
    Cause I’ve been strong so far
    But I can feel my grip loosening
    Quick, do something before you lose it for good
    Get it back and use it for good
    And touch the people how you did like before
    I’m tired of living with demons cause they always inviting more
    Think being broke was better
    Now I don’t mean that phrase with no disrespect
    To all my niggas out there living in debt
    Cashing minimal checks
    Turn on the TV see a nigga Rolex
    And fantasize about a life with no stress
    I mean this shit sincerely
    And that’s a nigga who was once in your shoes
    Living with nothin’ to lose
    I hope one day you hear me
    Always gon’ be a bigger house somewhere, but nigga feel me
    Long as the people in that motherfucker love you dearly
    Always gon’ be a whip that’s better than the the one you got
    Always gon’ be some clothes that’s fresher than the ones you rock
    Always gon’ be a bitch that’s badder out there on the tours
    But you ain’t never gon’ be happy till you love yours”
  • “I’ma go to the fuckin’ Supreme Court and try to make this shit easier for niggas like me to clear these samples, man. If you made the fuckin’ music, and you made the art, and you put it into the world, I should be able to use it however the fuck I want. I’ma pay you, I’ma give you a percentage, but you shouldn’t be able to tell me I can’t use it. Thats fucked up nigga. Yous was inspired by the world allow the world to be inspired by your shit, and to use your shit “

Rap fan or not, you have to thank J Cole for sharing his words with the world. J Cole might not sell the most albums, have the most number 1 hits, do the halftime show for the Super Bowl, but J Cole will change people’s lives with his words. He drops knowledge. Which, he mostly does by talking about harsh realities. J Cole, you are the “democracy Abe Lincoln hoped for” of rap, and I thank you for the album Mr. “Artist Of The People, By The People, And For The People”.\

Cole World.


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