The Come Up: 10 Motivational J. Cole Lyrics
After turning his dreams into Dreamville, rapper J. Cole's catalog has served as an uplifting soundtrack to those in struggle. The St. John's University graduate, who dished out mixtapes for free (see: 2007's The Come Up and 2009's The Warm Up), eventually became a platinum-selling MC (with no features) who secured a deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation and became a label boss.
In need of a morale boost ahead of Cole's Hot 100 Fest headlining set? Here are some motivational lyrics from the commander-in-chief of Cole World.
"Dollar and a Dream"
"'Cause this life get hard on this road, yeah it's true/ I don't never tell you how much I be stressin', but I do/ But I suck it up for who? My fans, and my mans/ Who probably never ever had this type of lifestyle in they plans."
"Things change, rearrange, or so do I/ It ain't always for the better, dawg, I can't lie/ I get high 'cause the lows can be so cold/ I might bend a little bit but I don't fold."
"It's beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success/ Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress/ I grew up in the city and though some times we had less/ Compared to some of my n---as down the block, man, we were blessed."
"Intro (2014 Forest Hills Drive)"
"To look behind and say, "Look where I came/ Look how far I done came"/ They say that dreams come true/ And when they do, that there's a beautiful thing"
Tyga's "Let It Show," feat. J. Cole
"Cole World, n---as ran for that heat/ As the globe twirl gotta stay up on your feet."
DJ Khaled's "Jermaine's Interlude," feat. J. Cole
"Tables do turn and labels do burn/ The second they ask you to sell your soul/ Don't you do it, don't you fold/ Say 'f--- that sh--' and be bold"
"When I was assed out with my funds low/ It's nice to know I had the whole world at my front door."
"New York Times," feat. Bas & 50 Cent
"My n---a visibly stressed in a mess he's smoking his blunt/ What could I say? I can't relate to that/ All I do is pray for that/ This the city god told me 'go and make it' at."
Wale's "Beautiful Bliss," feat. Melanie Fiona & J. Cole
"I'm on deck, I'm up next/ I'm god bless, I'm success, so f--- stress."
Bas' "My N---a Just Made Bail," feat. J. Cole
"Free your mind and everything'll follow."