32 of J. Cole’s Most Underrated Lyrics

J. Cole is one of today’s premiere hip hop artists, there’s no doubt about that. With multiple platinum albums under his belt and a diverse range of fans due to his wide variety of subject matters, it’s not uncommon to overlook some of the slick double entendres and subtle wordplay scattered across Cole’s works. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Here are thirty two of J. Cole’s most underrated lines in honor of the Fayetteville rapper’s 32nd birthday.


32. “You niggas on my dick, why lie?
Thought them niggas from the south couldn’t spit, violá” – I’m the Man

31. “The temptation got me questioning where my heart lies
I’m tryna separate myself like apartheid
But ay the liquor keep swallowing
I swear I walk with God but the devil keep following.” – The Badness

30. “But some of my niggas will probably never make it
The S.A.T. shit man I doubt they ever take it, cause
Instead of tryna send a nigga to a tutor
Them guidance counselors tryna introduce us to recruiters” – School Daze

29. “Real niggas want the money, so that’s where my aim is
Ho niggas love the attention, wanna be famous
Real niggas fuck the attention, they know it’s dangerous
Rather make a mil’ and nobody know what my name is” – Throw It Up

28. “Watch em. Better leave em alone (Malone) like Stockton” – Til’ Infinity

27. “If you in college then you know the crime won’t pay
Lest you find a way, fuck what them niggas is tryna say” – Carolina On My Mind

26. “Your girl told me shoot in her face, she suicidal” – Going Off

25. “And ain’t it shameful how niggas blame hoes for givin’ birth
To a baby that took two to make? Coward nigga, you a fake” – Lights Please

24. “I’m a provide for my seed I’m the soil
I teach ’em bout’ loyalty
I teach ’em that his skin black like oil that’s for royalty
I show ’em all the things that my pops was neva showin’ me
Treat ’em like a growin’ tree with this poetry” – I Get Up

23. “Real niggas hustle by using their intuition,
While these fake niggas ain’t into doing, they into wishin” – Dead Presidents

22. “And you just tell them “go deep” like Cunningham
And you just let them OD like Len Bias
And that pussy so good he let his friends try it” – Losing My Balance

21. “I dedicate these words to you and all the other children
Affected by the mass incarceration in this nation
That sent your pops to prison when he needed education
Sometimes I think that segregation would’ve done us better
Although I know that means that I would never
Be brought into this world ’cause my daddy was so thrilled
When he found him a white girl to take back to Jonesboro” – 4 Your Eyez Only

20. “I took a train down memory lane
And watching little Jermaine do his thang before he made a name
It’s like Sony signed Basquiat
He gave it all he got
Now the nigga don’t paint the same thang.” – Rich Niggaz

19. “I was too young to scrap you but damn if I ain’t want to
I’m blowing up fast and I hope these words haunt you.” – Can I Holla At Ya

18. “No sir, the flow cold as a shoulder
Of gold digging hoes when a broke nigga approaches
Told y’all I’m focused.” – A Star Is Born

17. “I grew up with nothing, it hurt me to see my mother poor
The only pops a nigga ever seen around was Huxtable.” – Simba

16. “Fast forward to our older years, two different paths
You used to talk to me ’bout college, but that shit didn’t last
Waste of potential, getting cash, what could I say?
So tired of not having things, you’d never see it my way” – 3 Wishes

15. “Funny how my old highs is suddenly my new lows
Tired of every chick sayin she models before she swallow
So I only fuck with hat tricks, bitches with a few goals” – Grew Up Fast

14. “You pulled me over, you frown on me
With your flashlight, tell me what do you see
Thug niggas, drug dealers, it’s a trip
Every nigga in this whip gotta motherfucking college degree” – Problems

13. “Lost in a cloud of marijuana, are you ashamed of me
Dry your face mommy, your not to blame for me
See I’m a man, I gotta take whatever came for me
At times I wonder ’bout my father
Would it change for me if he was around?
Would I still be running ’round with the lowlife’s
Bum ass niggas no jobs, no life
Seen them niggas killed for no price
I watched his life flash before his eyes like a strobe light
I pulled the trigger momma
Tryna be hard, I ain’t mean to kill the nigga momma” – Killers

12. “We tired of only having just a piece
And fuck policing, they killing niggas what’s the reason
His daughter starving and she fucking freezing
So no wonder why he fucking squeezing” – Before I’m Gone

11. “If I should die Lord this here is my will
Reincarnate a nigga send me right back to the Ville” – Farewell

10. “Still the screams from little girls shot and killed fill my head on the daily
At times I question God can you blame me?” – 2Face

9. “I wouldn’t say that you a ho, just made a ho decision” – The Autograph

8. “I thought that real shit is what you been fiendin’ ’bout
What you been praying fo’? What you been screamin’ ’bout?
Ironic you been sleeping on the one that you been dreamin’ ’bout” – Looking For Trouble

7. “But love is wanting more for someone than they want for themselves” – Knock the Hustle

6. “I was sent from Heaven with a set of horns, they’d better warn y’all
I’m here for more than just to kick some witty metaphors, dawg
This more of the type of shit you spit to set a war off” – Tears For ODB

5. “Fuck the man, Uncle Sam I won’t sell your crack
I won’t fight your wars, I won’t wear your hat
I’mma pass your classes, I’mma learn your craft
I’mma fuck your daughters, I’mma burn your flag” – Miss America

4. “And what you’ll find is, your highness
Can paint a picture that is vivid enough to cure blindness” – January 28

3. “Nigga please, an album ten dollars
You act like it’s ten g’s
This food for thought cost the same as 2 numbers three’s” – The Autograph

2. “Gettin’ higher than the soul of little Shaniya
And to the ones that killed her, hope you burn in fire” – See World

1. “Im playing daddy to another nigga’s daughter
Don’t worry even Jesus never saw his real father.”

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