Love my girl but I told her straight up "don't wait up"

from J. Cole – Runaway Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Even though he loves his girlfriend, he’s so busy chasing his dreams that he has to be honest with her: He doesn’t have time for a relationship right now

This line describes his need for space most likely he’s going to the strip club to enjoy himself. Going to the strip club and having fun means that its going to be a late night. Most of the time coming home in the morning so J.Cole be as loving as he is told her not to lose sleep waiting on a Born Sinner.

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