February 4, 2011
J. Cole is an up and coming artist. He’s been recently viewed as one with enough lyrical talent to place him among the greats. His lyrics are easy to understand if you actually pay attention to them, and unlike a lot of other rappers, J. Cole’s songs relate to his life.
In the song “The Badness” there’s a rhyme scheme in every line. There is a lot of “word choice” simply because of what he relates certain simple words to. “The rain always past, the sun don’t always shine…When it’s gone I’m lonely, but when it’s there I’m fine.” In these 2 lines he relates nature with feeling, something that us as humans are bound to have, sometimes against our will. We can relate to it, because when the sun shines, things in life just seem brighter, but when the rain passes through, things sometimes seem to get that much harder.
” I hate the winter time because the nights come quicker
The light make them whites think I’m a nice young nigga
But at night they think twice and walk a little faster
It’s funny, 100 years ago I would of called Id a call this nigga masta”
These 4 lines are my favorite of the song. It can be interpreted however one chooses, but in society today, these lines hold truth. By just reading the lyrics, the rhymes don’t seem all that special, but if you listen to them they become clear. The first 2 lines talk about winter time, and his hatred for how the nights come faster. He says how in the light (during the day) he can pass for a nice person to white people. Then he shifts and says how at night it all changes, they think twice, and walk a little faster. He finishes by saying 100 years ago, he would’ve called the white people master. As a mixed minority, I can relate to these lines. I’ve walked the streets during the day and then at night, and I’ve seen the different looks I’m given. J. Cole is trying to express that maybe it’s the way he dresses, or maybe it’s because he’s black that he gets these looks. His “word choices” bring together a larger idea, one that’s only understood if you listen. Maybe when you read this it might not hit you as interesting, but take the time to understand how different aspects of society and his potential life are put together through the rhymes and everything is clearer. (by the way..sorry this is so late..kind of forgot about it.)