J. Cole Does Track By Track Breakdown For Born Sinner

(Radio.com) One of the most highly anticipated albums of 2013, J. Cole's Born Sinner is out as of this week. The rapper sat down with Hartford, Connec., radio station Hot 93.7 (a Radio.com station) to provide the breakdown behind his self-produced second LP and give insight on the inspiration behind a few of his favorite songs. Born Sinner, in the words of J. Cole, ladies and gents…

"LAnd of the Snakes": "The L and the A are capitalized in Land. It is roughly about this time I went to L.A. to record an album and I thought about moving out there. I considered it, but the other side was telling me, 'Don't do it, it's dangerous.' You can lose yourself in Los Angeles, it has a dangerous climate– loosely [the song] is about that. It's just an ill song, [it has] a lot of good flows, and the beat is crazy."

"She Knows" (Feating Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman): "This song is all about temptation. A lot of the album is about temptation. [The track] is very big [and] the beat is crazy. It is the best beat on the album."

"Let Nas Down": "This is probably the most important song on the album. The concept goes back to when I put out this song called 'Work Out,' the biggest single so far in my career. Long story short, Nas was disappointed in ['Work Out'], and he wasn't approving of the song."

Cole mentioned how big of an influence Nas was on him at a young age, and his disapproval of Cole's work was the influence behind the new track.

"I explain it in the song. I got defensive. I am a huge Nas fan, I hung his raps all over my wall–there were only a few rappers that made it to my wall. There was Nas, Eminem, Canibus, and Tupac. Maybe sometimes I would put DMX, sometimes Jay-Z would get a verse, but those are the only artists that made it to my wall."

Cole continued, "I felt like [Nas] didn't know the reason why I put the song out. I wrote ["Let Nas Down"] a year and some change after it happened and I didn't tell anybody that I wrote this song until now… It stuck with me for that long." Read the rest of the song stories here.

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