My manager back in the days was racist
He suggests by the following line that, in this line, he is referring to the manager he had as a teenager working at a skating rink.
Mark seems to respect Cole for his artistry and personal qualities. He had this to say:
I was going to stop managing hip-hop. I’d been through so much, from Big to Shyne to Nas. But J.Cole brought me back. It wasn’t just how he was an artist. Seeing where his head was at was a pleasure; it made me want to take him to another level.
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