And you ain't been no where if you ain't been here

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

Meaning

If you have never made it to New York, you have not made it in the rap game. J. Cole moved to New York from North Carolina in order to try to make it in the rap game, hence the line “They say you can win anywhere, If you can win there”. J. Cole tried to make it in the hardest possible way to prove he was the best and deserved a deal in the industry.

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