1 Verse, 1 Hearse #5, J. Cole – Who Dat
We’re only weeks away from the release of J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, and the J. Cole hate is at an all-time high right now! All over the blogosphere, all I read is people questioning J. Cole’s abilities and debating whether or not Cole World will flop. So I feel obligated to remind you of Cole’s talents. “Who Dat” is undoubtedly one of my favorite J. Cole songs; Jermaine showcases the ability to hang with the best in the metaphor, simile, analogy, and wordplay game. Who wants to F with Hollywood Cole?
Hey, the mind state of a winner
When you thinking about summertime I’m thinking about the winter
When you thinking about breakfast I’m heating up my dinner
I was plotting this moment back when y’all was riding spinners
Yeah I’m a menace
God as my witness, with this pen I’m insane, yup
Hungry like the nigga who ain’t got the taste of fame yet
Clown told me, “Ain’t you Roc? But where the fuck your chain at?”
Guess it’s something like your girl, nigga it ain’t came yet
The man make the chain, chain don’t make the man
How many niggas do we know with hella ice but yet they lame?
The cloth from which we came me and them is not the same
It’s like we all headed to Spain they took the boat I took the plane, damn
That boy’s sick now hoes on his joystick
Heating up like May weather, dog I’m on that Floyd shit
Boy stick to your day job, said you was hot? Well they lied
Is that your girl? Well I just g’d her, no A-Rod
J. Cole immediately starts off the verse with a clever boastful line claiming he’s always 2 steps ahead, “When you thinking about summertime/ I’m thinking about the winter/ When you thinking about breakfast I’m heating up my dinner/ I was plotting this moment back when y’all was riding spinners”. When you were riding spinners, nice! But my favorite has to be, “Clown told me, Ain’t you Roc? But where the fuck your chain at? Guess it’s something like your girl, nigga it ain’t came yet”. “Who Dat” is also one of J. Cole’s most unique tracks. He delivers with the lyricism. Yet the atmosphere this track creates with the blaring horns, and the “say something!” attitude give this track a Waka Flocka kind of feel. Sorry if I offended you, let me explain. Waka creates a reckless, “punch you in the face” attitude; unfortunately he lacks lyrics. J. Cole creates a thought provoking atmosphere, but he doesn’t provide the dread shaking emotion that Waka achieves. Only in Cole World do these two elements unite. I am not saying J. Cole should be like Waka either, or vice versa. I just love the way J. Cole threw these two worlds together. How many songs in your “pre-game” playlist have lines like the ones found in “Who Dat”? Very few, how can I not give this track a hearse?
Let this hearse serve as a reminder that J. Cole is one of the dopest lyricist out here. “Workout” and “Disgusting” do not completely represent J. Cole’s music. Cole is simply trying to reach the masses with “Workout”, so back off with the hate. There is a difference between hate and criticism. Chill out. If anyone is to blame for J. Cole’s lack of commercial success thus far, it is Jay-Z. How do they only have 1 song together? They’ve dropped the Roc with Cole. But let us save that conversation for another article. Perhaps a YKM. Right now I just want you guys to straighten up and salute this hearse as it strolls down the street.
J. Cole, that verse deserves a hearse!