The last verse shows Cole’s acceptance of the situation and recommitment to his greater goals in hip hop.
By offering an “if” scenario in the first few lines, Cole more or less exhibits another stage of the “Five Stages of Loss and Grief”, 3) Bargaining:
Even though Cole evokes sacrificial imagery when comparing his struggle to Jesus' last hours, few things illustrate a guy’s 4) Depression than words like:
Though to be fair, Cole’s Depression is better depicted in Verse 2:
And finally, Cole’s 5) Acceptance is issued in the form of:
“apologies to OG’s for sacrificin' [his] art” and by explaining that he will continue to “walk amongst the evil” “for a greater purpose”, and “pray[ing] along the way that [he doesn’t] lose [himself]”.
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