In the concrete jungle of Queens trying to be Kings

from J. Cole (Ft. 50 Cent & Bas) – New York Times Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The term “Concrete Jungle” describes a city that is urban, hardcore, and rough. Cole is saying he’s in Queens, a hardcore borough in New York, trying to be a King, or trying to attain success.

Also, Cole’s mentor Jay-Z, in his NY anthem Empire State of Mind, describes New York as a “concrete jungle”.

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