The hook, at this point, trails the question that Cole posed at the end of Verse 3, wondering if he’d be able to run away from a lucrative deal at the cost of losing his artistic integrity.
In a sense, the word “runaway” that is repeated in the hook at this point refers to actually doing the honorable thing, maintaining J. Cole’s true sense of self and not being bought, whereas during the rest of the song, “running away” was associated with less principled behavior, like indulging in his unrestrained desires at the cost of cheating on his faithful woman.
This could be interpreted as him, by the end of the song, finally learning to own up to doing the noble thing
it could be interpreted as him still being selfish and not compromising his self-serving behavior, even for the possibility of making 50 million dollars. It could be argued that maintaining one’s own artistic integrity is not necessarily a selfless thing. It is perhaps axiomatically selfish behavior… though that’s an argument for another time.
In all fairness, it’s likely that “running away” at this point simply refers to running away from situations that a person isn’t comfortable dealing with, like Chappelle having to continue a show that wasn’t sending the message he wanted to send or like a black slave having to take care of a child that was made through slaveowner rape. Would he have the power to run away from these situations, knowing that it’s probably practical to stay?
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