Try to ride the storm out and crashed the boat
This line along with the following is a play on words. Above J.Cole references how his mother struggled to stay “afloat” financially then J.Cole then references his struggle with trying to stay afloat mentally. “Afloat” often used in terms of sailing ties into theses lines in which J. Cole describes how he could have drowned due to all of the hardships.
“Rope” is a play on words because rope in terms of a boat is synonymous with “line”. A rope that is hooked up for sailing purposes is then called a line. You steer a boat by maneuvering the lines. Cole grabbed the rope to stop the boat from crashing and wrote lines to stop from mentally crashing.
It’s also refers to one of his first songs that he wrote during that time called “The Storm”.
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