Im trynna shine like the bat sign
When its crime and the gats flyin
Up in Gotham watch em
Gotham City was the fictional city in which Batman lived and stopped crime.
J Cole is referencing Batman and the fictional Gotham City, and subtly comparing it to Cole’s his home town of Fayetteville, NC. More importantly, J Cole is saying that he wants to “shine,” or become famous. He makes the more literal comparison to the Bat Sign.
The Bat Sign or Bat Signal was a light that shined in the sky, to signal to Batman that someone needed their help and there was crime to stop.
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