That's that type shit that turn my granny light-skinned

from J. Cole – Runaway Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Cole reveals that this issue is actually very close to his heart. The reason she is light skinned is actually because his grandmother’s mother was raped by a slave-master during the slavery era, therefore making his grandmother light skinned by that event. Quite noble of Cole to be so transparent about his insecurities and his family history. Cole himself is light skinned because of the opposite way, because his mom is white and his dad was the one who was black.

meaning his… thus, it could be possible that his great grandmother was enslaved during the latter part of the slavery era

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