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1 Verse, 1 Hearse #5, J. Cole – Who Dat

September 12, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 30 Comments 


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!

Written by @QuezKHH, like me on facebook.


30 Responses to “1 Verse, 1 Hearse #5, J. Cole – Who Dat”

  1. insanezain on September 12th, 2011 9:26 am

    j cole = best rapper without an album out…September 27 will be the day the haters shut up


  2. Karla on September 12th, 2011 9:46 am


    If I had never heard of Cole and heard ‘Workout’, I’d think he was just another mediocre, commercial rapper. Real fans know of Cole’s authentic lyricist abilities. Mixtape Cole is all I know. 

    “Grown Simba”, “Too Deep for the Intro”, and “Premeditated Murder” are still on my favorite list. 


    Me Reply:


    well said and the 3 songs u mentioned r some of his best.

    From his album my favorites are Sideline Story, Nobodys Perfect, Rise and Shine, Gods Gift, and i believe Breakdown should get a hearse!


  3. chris on September 12th, 2011 9:52 am

    “When you thinking about summertime I’m thinking about the winter” always makes me think of lupes line, “See while you Valentines, I’m thinking Christmas trees”


  4. YMCMB on September 12th, 2011 9:55 am

    his lyrics r actually biggie style


  5. Lew on September 12th, 2011 9:58 am

    totally agreed. Jay Z has to be blamed a lot for J Cole lacking commerically. Look at how big Drake was before his 1st album, and how he was able to sell a ton for his 1st album all because of Lil Wayne. Wayne got tons of other big name artists to work with Drake and that helped sooo much. What has Jay Z done so far for Cole? uhhhhh. I know Cole didn’t want many features at all on Cole World but still – he should’ve put Cole on WTT and tried to get him on a big hit Rihanna song or something for the past YEAR to appeal to the mass audience. Jay-Z has been getting on my nerves lately. He’s been useless for Cole so far and it’s crazy how Cole was able to do a lot of this by himself.


    young angel Reply:

    @Lew, drake was big before he even was signed to young money


    ManuFbaby Reply:

    @young angel, drake was nothing, i aint even sure he was known as a rapper in canada


    Bing Bong Reply:

    @Lew, I totally agree with you homie.


    Dicipilo Reply:

    when so far gone dropped he sold 500,000. he was the biggest hip hop artist coming out of canada, he dropped best i ever had and he blew up all across america before he went onto his Wayne thing. dont forget his mixtapes. canada knew drake, how you gonna say nobody knew who he was, from coming up in degrassi, to proving everybody wrong? sit down.


    MosDef Reply:

    @Dicipilo, You againn haha^^ keep changing your name to pretend your someone else or what??lol And i believe wayne was on so far gone so that helped him out alot Reply:

    @Dicipilo, Wayne and Bun B was on it Bun helped him wit them hood niggas well Texas

  6. Lew on September 12th, 2011 9:59 am

    and “Dreams” would have to be my favorite J Cole song of all time.


  7. kbrian on September 12th, 2011 10:08 am

    If anything, J. Cole is the one who is making lyricism cool, again. A good song, in my opinion, is a song that i can relate to. J. Cole spits the words of subjects/situations that i can’t seem to word correctly together, but somehow or someway it’s like he’s speaking of my story. And he does it perfectly (listen to Hold Me Down). I can’t relate to smoking an eighth everyday, or making it rain, or poppin bottles every friday, or brag about my 5$ dollar maybach- i don’t do/have any of this. So this is why hip hop needed a J. Cole, for people like me, the actual masses.


    kbrian Reply:


    5$ million dollar maybach-


  8. Royal Swagness on September 12th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Easily my favorite J.Cole verse. I laughed after the 1est time I heard it, it’s so true & real.

    Jay-z is a horrible with his manganing music just like Diddy is at Bad Boy records.

    They don’t help or appreciate artist. They make as much money ot of yos possible & with one bad song or album, they drop yÒu instead of look how to improve your music.

    I’m amazed he would try again after the fall of Rocafella.


  9. John on September 12th, 2011 3:23 pm

    I thought about that the other day why jay z only got one song with j cole.. You saw how wayne did with drake, hop on like every track when drake first came to ym, that help build his reputation.


  10. Badfish on September 12th, 2011 3:32 pm

    hmm, would have picked a different verse/song for Cole tbh, but this isn’t bad


  11. MosDef on September 12th, 2011 4:42 pm

    I was thinking some return of simba or can I live hearse..but this is cool. The song goes live!


  12. xavo on September 12th, 2011 5:02 pm

    Jay Z sucks. There was a point in time where i couldn’t hear a drake song without Lil Wayne and vise versa. Wayne puts on his artists and Kanye puts his artists on like Big Sean and Pusha T on his albums and singles, even in concerts and it seems like Jay Z is ignoring J. Cole. Jay claims he hops in the studio and makes a hit song in 10 minutes but couldn’t give Cole a verse till the nail biting last second before he had to turn in his album? I heard Big Sean is gonna open for them on the WTT tour but Cole is about to drop and needs the buzz and they put him on a world tour by himself lol


  13. John Doe!! on September 12th, 2011 5:17 pm

    When niggas cant relate to shit they tend to hate……Cole is one of the best lyricist out there just cuz they used to weezy’s repetitive punchlines they cant relate to this?? FYI this aint even 1 of Cole’s best verses but it still deserved a hearse….Cole World 4 lyf


  14. Jarone on September 12th, 2011 5:49 pm

    j cole is the best rite now he have too many songs that i can relate too in my opinion he better than wayne cuz the carter 4 aint shit but a bunch of punchline to quote for facebook and twitter. Cole world sideline story gonna be way better than the carter 4. also this verse is dope but he has way more that i think ppl shud know about instead of using one of his mainstream songs u could’ve used his verse on “the badness” or any one of his mixtape songs cuz most ppl know bout this already


  15. Hussle's Way on September 12th, 2011 6:57 pm

    Aint nobody fucking with Cole right now. 9/27 will be the date people realize we just got a classic album

    “never said im better than Hov but im the closest one”

    point blank period


  16. MAC on September 12th, 2011 7:10 pm

    his verse on looking for trouble puts him on more than this one. and kanye put ALL of good music in his good fridays songs and wayne does the same thing. i know jay-z doesnt put out music like that but he should at least be on radio shows or whatever other media promoting the album and getting it as much attention as possible. if jay-z came out and said, “i just heard cole’s album and it’s a classic…or even that there are bars that remind him of his reasonable doubt and blueprint days…or even watch the throne is the album of the year but it’s a cole world in september” wouldn’t that help get a mainstream fan to check him out and boost sales. i dont know if jay-z feels like he had no help releasing his first album but it’s ridiculous. Jay-z, do something!!!


    Mike Reply:

    I like this comment.


  17. Mike on September 12th, 2011 8:08 pm

    Can’t believe no one mentioned his verses on Lost Ones, especially the second… That is a classic


  18. Mike on September 13th, 2011 10:24 am

    When Wale left ROC Nation people thought he messed up,but when you look at the material he’s has put out ever since then,it looked like ROC Nation was not managing them properly.
    I respect Cole as a very good rapper,he paints pictures with words and lyrics,he can always relate to his stories,Lost ones for example was just deep.


  19. otsile on September 13th, 2011 4:04 pm

    cole aint shirt,wizzy f babe is the man


    blunts Reply:

    @otsile, yea i feel dat dowg


  20. blunts on September 13th, 2011 4:17 pm

    ok cole is just ok wit the words,guys dont take wizzy light,this guy’s lyrical content is way beyound our understanding


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