I'm knee-deep in the game and it ain't what I thought

from J. Cole – Chaining Day Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s finally in a position where he has established himself as a prominent person in rap, but the life in front of the cameras isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Being “knee-deep in the game” has something J Cole has brought up before. Interestingly enough, it was in a verse about a chain.

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