Promise to my momma I'mma make it to the top
So I'mma keep climbing 'til my heartbeat drop

from J. Cole – Can I Live Lyrics on Rap Genius


Few rappers ever promise their fathers anything it seems. Mothers are a constant motivation in hip hop.

Cole will keep rising until his life is over.

Cole’s promise was fulfilled. His debut album peaked at number 1 on Billboard’s Top 200.

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