I used to print out Nas raps and tape 'em up on my wall
J. Cole – Let Nas Down Lyrics
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As a youngin', while other kids were posting up pictures of MJ, Cole was taping his favorite Nas lyrics to his bedroom walls. This shows his deep admiration for Nas as well as his overall love of hip hop.
J. Cole has adopted this convention from the Notorious B.I.G. song “Juicy:”
It was all a dream
I used to read Word Up magazine
Salt ‘n’ Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine
Hangin pictures on my wall
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl
This was also alluded to by Eminem on “Sing for the Momment,” and has entered the general hip hop lexicon to symbolize humble beginnings
Specifically, Cole tweeted in June 2013 that Nas' 1996 “I Gave You Power” was the song he had up on his wall.
It’s a song that has also been hailed by 50 Cent in May of 2013 as an example of masterful lyricism.
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