This is chaining day
Chaining day, my chaining day

from J. Cole – Chaining Day Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It’s the day he gets a new chain, but also plays on “Training Day”. Hes just like the rookie cop getting ‘trained’ by Denzel as he makes his blood and drug money. The rookie cop gets wise to the game and beats him in the end, avoiding the temptations of the money in favor of being a good cop.

Maybe J. Cole realizes his mistakes and sees his chance to win in the end, choosing to get back to how he made it over faking it like everybody else.

In the background J. Cole is saying “I need you to love me”, which would mean he needs love to know someone still cares about him since now the chains and expensive objects aren’t enough any more.

J. Cole uses the term “chaining day” here as a way to show what he sees as current day slavery. In the 18th/19th century, chaining day could refer to the day when an African village or community was invaded by white Europeans and the people of the village were chained up and taken away as slaves.

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