Up the steps I ain't slippin'
Tears blood sweat and I ain't

from J. Cole – Rich Niggaz Lyrics on Rap Genius


Cole is in it for the long haul (“up the the stairs”), putting in the work. He’s not crippled by vanity.

And basketball players may slip on their own sweat (re: Jordan, Pippin, Pierce references)

Sweat mop life

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