See, if I’mma get to where I’m goin’ then I can’t stay
Although I love it here
I’ll be damned if I sit around another year

from J. Cole – Stay (2009) Lyrics on Rap Genius


Even though he loves his hometown of Fayetteville, NC he can’t sit around doing nothing there for another year; he is losing time.

Which is what influenced him to attend St. Johns University in New York. As he says in “Sideline Story”.

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