And the young boy from a show down in Hampton
Told me that my song was the reason he beat cancer
Ain't know what to say, I just froze
Little too deep, I suppose..
But after a year of review, I figured out it wasn't me, it was you

from J. Cole – Roll Call Lyrics on Rap Genius


J. Cole told the story of this young man in an interview on Jam'n 94.5.

He was asked if anyone time in particular stood out to him of when a fan told him he changed his life. He told the story of a young man who had cancer and he would wake up every morning and listen to Cole’s song “A Dolla and a Dream”, and he beat cancer. The young man felt that this song helped him win the fight against cancer.

This boy adamantly believed that the song got him through cancer all by itself, and because of the conviction that the boy stated this with, Cole believed him at first. However, after thinking about that incident for over a year, Cole realized that the boy beat cancer on his own, and it wasn’t thanks to Cole.

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