When he said he was a fan it was too hard to understand
No time to soak up the moment though, cause I was in a jam

from J. Cole – Let Nas Down Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

J. Cole met Nas while on tour and has always been a huge fan inspired by his music, but he couldn’t even fathom what was going on. Maybe it was so outlandish he didn’t give it much thought since he was in the middle of so many things he was doing at the time.

(J. Cole and Nas chilling at the 2013 Super Bowl)

Nas told Cole he was a fan of Cole’s music, causing Cole to feel disbelief at the notion that one of his idols he grew up listening to for years could now be a fan of him. Cole states that being busy with tours and constructing his album kept him from realizing what made Nas become a fan of him in the first place.

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