Hey you know what? How about we make each other gifts this year.. Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

They say “it’s the thought that counts” but I don’t think that will stand when you’re only thought is to be intentionally cheap to someone who has cared for you your whole life.

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I freestyle life, can barely write the rent Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

He never plans out what’s gonna happen. And his only job is a rapper, so if he doesn’t write enough then he can’t pay rent: used interchangeably

freestyleing life means his life is planned out he is going where the wind takes him. Since its a freestyle you dont write it so he doesnt write his rent cause hes broke

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I seen the rain, seen my dreams turn to long nights Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

He had to struggle and work hard to get to where he wanted to be in the rap game and to realize his dreams of superstardom.

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[Verse 3 - Voli] Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

Voli is a young, as-yet-not-financially-successful rapper — which gives an interesting perspective to the third verse

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[Verse 2 - Omen] Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

Second verse by Omen

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But all I ask is don't pity me, no!
Don't pity me, no!
Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

He begs continuously for no one to feel sorry for him throughout the verse, cause there’s worse things that could happen.

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Money come in slow, God, intervene Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

He prays to God to help get him through these rough, economically challenged times when bills are piling up. He just wants to get more/faster money.

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Man, I wonder how hard to live my past life was
Cause this one hard, I could show you my scars
Pity by J. Cole (Ft. Omen & Voli)

In Hinduism, the ātman survives death and reincarnates as another living being, based on its karmic inheritance, which explains the remnant scars

(To a Buddhist, however, this conception of reincarnation doesn’t make sense; they believe that only the soul gets reincarnated)

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Both did the crime but his homie didn’t tell
So he fucking bitches while he sitting lonely in a cell
How High by J. Cole

Two guys break the law, one gets caught, the other sticks to “no snitching” now he’s locked up while his friend is free ‘fucking bitches’

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Your old friends say you changed but I still know you
You that same old girl I used to take home from school
Like A Star by J. Cole

People grow up, “change”, and grow apart. Cole tells the young lady, he still remembers her the same exact way.

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