J. Cole has been quiet since his release of KOD in April, and aside from a feature on Jay Rock’s Redemption, he has remained that way.
If there’s one thing about J. Cole that you can bet on though, it’s the fact that when he does decide to release music, it’s going to be loud. August 7, Cole made a splash by releasing his “Album of the Year Freestyle” and previewed an upcoming project: The Off-Season.
To say Cole bodied his rendition of Nas’ “Oochie Wally” would be an understatement. A classic beat which doesn’t get nearly enough credit, “Oochie Wally” was originally released in 2000 by Nas and The Bravehearts. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m glad Cole left out the annoying hook.
Cole is trying to make a statement. On one hand, obviously, that KOD should be considered the album of the year. On the other hand, that he can spit with the best of them.
J. Cole goes as hard as we’ve ever heard him go, spilling flows, entendres and bravado.
I am only part human, half-man, half-amazing,
Plus, I’m good at math like I’m Asian
Hate to use stereotypes—but that’s light compared to what a ni**a get from Caucasians
Here, Cole stereotypes Asian people, but only to point out a stereotypical joke would be “light” relative to how Caucasians treat African-Americans. He is likely alluding to the overwhelming counts of injustice against black people in America, which he has not shied away from.
Lil’ rappers, I love you, but you ain’t sh*t ’til you got offers in Prague
Look that sh*t up
A book, ni**a, pick that sh*t up
Expand your vocab
Cole takes another opportunity to son the younger rappers in the game and provide them words of advice, much like he did on KOD’s “1985” telling them to read some books because they probably don’t know Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic.
I came up ’round AC to DC adapters
Plug talk, what I’m really sayin’ is a shame but my ni**as move ‘caine like HBCU Kappas
AC adapters and DC adapters are for power cords, usually for video game systems such as the Nintendo 64, which was popular in his youth. In the very next line he says “plug talk,” before proceeding to make a drug reference. The aforementioned adapters are literally plugs, so he is talking about two kinds of plugs here –
and that is what we call a double entendre.
Cole isn’t done there and proceeds to tell us that his boys move “caine” like HBCU Kappas. Here, “caine” meaning cocaine the drug and a walking cane, which are traditionally carried by members of the historic black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi (Kappa for short).
Now we push pills and sell heroin to Billy
Now Billy momma want the judge to pardon his addiction
How many black addicts that got caught up in the system
With no sob stories on your prime time television, I can smell a blatant contradiction
Times have changed, and Cole stresses that people aren’t getting rich selling crack like they used to. Now, they’re selling pills and heroin to white kids (Billy) who are being pardoned and forgiven for their addiction because they’re white, while addicts of the opposite race are in jail and caught in the system. Then points out the media for only sympathizing with the Billy’s of the world and not the others.
KOD—album of the year, undebatably
My cadence be the greatest we’ve seen since the late MC whose name was The Notorious—
In closing, the message is simple:
KOD is the album of the year
he’s the best rapper since The Notorious B.I.G.
Cole told his competition to expand their vocabulary, and later uses a word like “undebatably,” which isn’t a word at all. I forgive him, as we all should. After all, he did just snap on an unwarranted freestyle, for which we are thankful.
By: Dallas Coronado