I ain't mad at you, young king,

from J. Cole (Ft. Nas) – Let Nas Down (Remix) Lyrics on Rap Genius


He isn’t mad at Cole for putting out what he considered a weak track in “Work Out,” but just wants to pass on advice.

J. Cole did an interview with Fuse about the story behind the original version:

It’s two years [later] (after being signed to a label) and I still don’t have an album release date. But I made this song … “Work Out.” I was excited that I had made something that I felt was a guaranteed smash. So I finally put out the single and [Nas’s and No ID’s responses gave me] the worst response I’ve ever gotten on any song I’ve put out.

By calling Cole “young king”, Nas is figuratively talking to someone who who is potentially an heir to his throne.

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