Can't help but feelin' like I dropped the ball, cliche
I used to pop up on you at the mall each day
Play on “drop the ball” meaning he messed up his chances with her. Also referring to the time he used to play basketball at St. John’s University but he quit.
Cole referenced seeing the girl in the mall in “Dreams”, which, earlier in this song, said was about the same girl
This song is also a metaphor for J.Cole’s relationship with hip-hop. It could refer to his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which, while commercially successful, was met with lukewarm critical response and viewed as disappointing in hip hop circles, especially given the hype that had been built up around Jermaine.
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