J. Cole Does Track By Track Breakdown For Born Sinner
"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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