You were my nigga from the younger days, we grew up
I went to school you went the other way
But still my brother man,

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

Meaning

Cole is reaching out to one of his homeboys he hasn’t seen since high school, probably because Cole went to college and his friend turned to a life of crime (most likely).

The fact that he’s Cole’s “nigga from the younger days” allows the listener to understand the deep bond these two must have had, and we can see that bond has not changed even though they have chosen different life paths, he even refers to him as “my brotha man” to emphasize the bond.

He also alludes to this same person in 3 Wishes.

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