Hey wipe your face, momma told you no more tears would flow
We eating better than we was a few years ago

from J. Cole – Unabomber Lyrics on Rap Genius


Cole has a classic rags to riches story, which he tells throughout his songs: He grew up in the hood(The Ville), started rapping but didn’t tell anyone, put out some mixtapes, and got signed to Roc Nation.

He is speaking as if he was still in the past, before he “struck gold” in the rap game, but was still making some money(he worked many jobs before rapping). Although his family wasn’t exactly “well off”, they were still doing better than they used to.

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