So when they think they ballin like The Dream Team
My nigga I done seen meaner cash

from J. Cole – Hold It Down Lyrics on Rap Genius


It’s a play on the word “ballin'” which literally means “to play basketball” and figuratively means “living the good life.

The Dream Team was the nickname given to the 1992 US men’s Olympic basketball team that won gold and was led by Michael Jordan.

Cole knows that there are bigger opportunities to focus on. He’s been up to NYC and seen people like Jay-z and Steve Stout who have made billions of dollars. So when people in the hood think they have lots of dough (money), he’s seen more.

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