So, back with this pen to give back for my sins

from J. Cole – Villuminati Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

After committing sins, all J Cole can do is try to offset those sins by doing some good with the lyrics he writes.

While the idea isn’t new and has been done before, most notably and cleverly by Kanye West in “Touch the Sky,” and more recently, Kendrick Lamar in “Poetic Justice.” J.Cole brings up the very interesting notion of atoning for one’s sins (sex, drugs etc.) by writing smart, poetic rhymes that enlighten and reveal truth to people.

J. Cole also discussed how he had returned to writing lyrics on paper in order to write Born Sinner.

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