Or fader, fuck ya magazine hater
When I say that I'm the greatest I ain't talking about later

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


As stated in the previous line, Cole was featured on the cover of XXL as part of the ‘freshman list’, which features artists who are considered to have potential. Cole argues that he is already amongst the elite in the rap industry, and points out that he receives no recognition, from various magazines, for all the accolades that he has acquired up to this point.

Fader is a New York based music magazine, which often features various mainstream rappers on its covers.

When a person passes away and this person was particularly good at what they did, they will sometimes be referred to as “The late great _____”. Cole is the best and it won’t take him dying for people to realize it.

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