Damned if I do
Damned if I don't
You know I got a girl back home
You got a man what you want, what you want

from J. Cole – She Knows Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Cole feels like he’s gonna be in trouble either way. He has a girl, this other girl has a man. If he hits he’ll regret it, if he doesn’t he’ll regret it.

Pac had a similar dilemma in his song “Str8 Ballin'”:

Damned if I don’t, and damned if a nigga do

Another layer is that the girl back home is hip hop, and this new girl he’s thinking about fucking with is the mainstream, radio music he is talking about with his song like Work Out. The entire album is about conforming to making what you want, and making what they want but still making it real.

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