Came a man by myself, only father was time
I know that she relate baby daddy ain't shit

from J. Cole (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) – Forbidden Fruit Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

J. Cole became who is by himself, with no help from a father figure seeing as his dad walked out on him and his mom. Now J. Cole finds himself with a women who shares a similar story, with her kid that doesn’t have a father.

Although he himself was fatherless, he became a man through experience which is that time he speaks of “father time.”

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