Me and Hovi Hov, out on the same island
Took the whip to the other side of Jamaica
Seen how he was living, said “I gotta get my weight up”
Cole went to St. John’s University which is located in Jamaica, Queens and Jay-Z grew up in Brooklyn. Queens and Brooklyn are both actually apart of Long Island. This is why Cole says they are out on the same island and why he takes “the whip to the other side of Jamaica” to see Hov. .
This line is also similar to the intro to this song w/ the Lion King quotes and his conversation with Jay in that Cole realizes his time is coming to be King so he needs to “get his weight up.” .
Another possible explanation: J. Cole and Jay-z were both vacationing in Jamaica, but at different resorts. Hov’s vacation was way more luxurious (probably had free wifi), but Cole’s knows that he has to worked to stay where Jay’s at. .
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