In fact, reparations for niggas in desperation
Fuck money, get my kid a real education

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

Meaning

Reparations are the would-be compensation for descendants of slaves. Cole doesn’t want the white man’s money, he just wants his kids to have education and hope for a brighter future and a better education in hopes that the kids will learn about it and will prevent it from happening again.

In “New York Times”, Cole would choose education over reparations, unlike his opinion on the first track of the album “Villuminati”:

Fuck the education
Would ask for reparations
But I’m probably just gon' go and buy Ferraris, vroom

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