Means you don’t got a nigga comin’ ’round to guide a nigga
All you got is mama bringin’ home these rotten niggas
Blowin’ reefers, all the teachers do is ride a nigga
So this is who I speak fo’

from J. Cole – Return Of Simba Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Problems of fatherless, black boys growing up are 3-fold:

  1. Having no real father around makes for a life void of guidance and wisdom.
  2. Lonely mothers bring around guys who may satisfy their need for a relationship, but these guys have bad influences on the sons. So the boys go from the problem of no guidance, to bad guidance and negative influences of men in their lives.
  3. Past the literal meaning of teachers bugging him, they could also be a symbol of the system, which can misguidedly try to put these alienated and lonely boys on the right path by pointing out what’s wrong with their lives, but can also morph into a system of persecution and even further alienation.

These are the people who J. Cole is trying to tell the story of and act as a role model for.

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