But, you’ll never play me like LeBron vs. Jordan
Twenty years, wonder who they gone say was more important
Both changed the game, came through and made a lane
Who’s to say that who’s greater, all we know, they ain’t the same

from J. Cole – Sideline Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Lebron James and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest basketball players ever. They are from 2 different generations and will never play against each other, so people shouldn’t be comparing them. Both of them have contributed a lot to the NBA and are very different from each other. .

This relationship can also be seen as a parallel to Jay-Z and Cole’s relationship: Jay-z being Jordan and Cole being Lebron. .

“But, you’ll never play me” also goes along with the last line, meaning they will never get to play the part of “J. Cole”.

Cole does a great job of explaining his reference in the video below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOlpAIRTbPg

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