The majority of this bridge refers to the long awaited J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar collaboration album.
They, the “real” artists are back. Now that Kendrick’s major label début is out of the way, they tell you “Out Of The Sky” is coming.
Out Of The Sky Announcement
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Ties in with the previous and lines to follow regarding Coles better standard of living.
G-Shocks are a common street wear watch, something any “normal” man would wear.
Contrastingly, a Rolex is a prestigious luxury brand costing thousands of dollars per watch.
Cole is saying he’s better off now since he’s famous, implying his circumstances have changed over time, playing on the fact this line is about watches.
This guy’s 35 and still acting up, going out and being a player. Yet he has kids with other women and he’s still paying their support.
He hasn’t learnt from his mistakes.
Cole is living his dream, everyone else is just an actor and he writes the script.
He ties this in with the previous line, Humphrey Bogart was an acclaimed actor, hence the “play your part”
This is also a reference to the chorus of the song, Beach Chair by Jay-Z where he says:
Life is but a dream to me
Reference to the fact the meat ham, comes from pigs
He’s going Hard As A Mother Fucker (H.A.M) during this verse
The “knock knock” refers to the song HAM, he’s Knocking on the door of the rap game, challenging Jay-Z and Kanye West, he’s going straight to the top.
He was a drug dealer. Dealing weed and Oxycotin
People snitched and told the cops while he never said a word.
10 racks= $10,000
100 shows at that price = $1,000,000
Get it while you hitting man
Refers to people telling him to make the most of his fame (to make his money) while he can, he won’t be relevant forever.
Just because his drivers licence suspended doesn’t mean he can’t be a passenger in a Bently, one of the most luxurious car lines created.
Life is harder getting girls when you’re not a famous rapper.
Now that he’s famous; there’s no more bullshit dates, it’s whatever he wants to do and judging by the following line
She driving stick in the driveway