I'm Koopa, I never been the Mario type
No saving hoes

from J. Cole – Trouble Lyrics on Rap Genius


In Nintendo’s video game series, Mario, Mario’s mission is always to save Princess Peach. Cole is saying he’s more like the villain in these series, King Koopa, he doesn’t save hoes with his cash.

He pronounces “Mario” like “marry-yo” to go with the previous line. He can’t commit to this beautiful educated girl because he’s never been the marrying type.

Like he says in “Daddy’s Little Girl”:

You lost to lookin' for a savior, I ain’t Mario
I got no cape, but I can’t wait to give you cardio

To drive the point home, Cole expresses the same sentiment in 2011’s “Work Out”:

She bad and she know it
Some niggas save hoes, I’m not that heroic

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