Shuffle Song Of The Day (10/15/18): “Kenny Lofton” By J. Cole

“Kenny Lofton” is a song by J. Cole off of his 2013 EP Truly Yours 2. The song features Yung Jeezy as well as an amazing sample of “Hurt” By The Manhattans. The song discusses how Cole feels that blacks are often viewed as entertainers and nothing more, which can be seen by the repeated use of “They only care about a nigga when he’s……..” throughout the song. Although the song is titled Kenny Lofton, he talks about a number of other people and issues too. I like J Cole, but mixtape and EP J. Cole elevates him to a whole new level. People always bring up his recent albums when talking about him, but it’s his early mixtapes that make him one of the greats. The Come Up and The Warm Up will always stay in my rap rotation as some of my favorite mixtapes of all time.

PS: Kenny Lofton has 622 stolen bases during his career. SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO. What a fucking legend


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LYRICS

Hurt, to think that you lied to me

Hurt, way down deep inside of me

And it breaks my heart…

[Verse 1: J. Cole]

Get paid a pretty penny for my thoughts

I’m Hardaway with grammar, I’m hot

They only care ’bout a nigga when he handle the rock

Or when he dishing the pill, or when he grippin’ the steel

Bailing out my brother, tell the lawyer “get the appeal”

With the flick of the pen write the check and he out

Two years later he be at my shows checking me out

Know he proud of lil bro and how my records be out

Flashbacks to childhood when he was deckin’ me out

Now it’s clear lil Maine is the best mc out

Hands down, flow water, can’t drown

My flow father, go harder, Cole smarter

Shout out to fiends in Queens, I’m team no daughters

[Bridge]

I seen it all at this young age

The only thing left to do is die and hit front page

Should I knock on wood and pray like God forbid

These hoes be poppin’ pills, these niggas be poppin’ shit, bitch

[Chorus]

Pac on the mic in his prime

They only care ’bout a nigga when he writing a rhyme, boy

Kenny Lofton you feelin’ my pace?

They only care ’bout a nigga when he stealin’ the base

It’s like I’m Wilt the Stilt, I’m fucking them all

They only care ’bout a nigga when he dunkin’ the ball

And it breaks my heart

The world’s a stage, I’ll just play my part

[Verse 2]

Just caught fire like a young Richard Pryor with unforgettable quotes

They only care ’bout a nigga when tellin’ a joke, or when he’s sellin’ his dope

They tell the reverend “Man, I rather get to heaven with coke

Then live in hell and be broke”

Shout out to black man who beat the odds by yellin’ for hope

Today he asked if I could Twitter y’all and tell you to vote

My nigga, how could I, knowing what I know

It’s a game of charades, masquerade for the dough

Read the teleprompter these niggas is actors on the low

Yeah I voted for the nigga cause he got the best show

Like I got the best flow

On your mark, set, go

Mama got us out the hood but we still ghetto

[Bridge]

[Chorus]

[Verse 3: Young Jeezy]

I said, you wouldn’t know the truth if it was right there in your face

See I can’t explain the feeling when the feds surround your place

In that PJ Rose, I drink that shit by the case

Like somebody pray for me, Reverend Run, Pastor Mase

See I do this for my homie he got caught with a soft eight

When I say a soft eight, yeah that’s two less than ten

If they let him out today he gon’ do it all again

Say he lost the first time it won’t stop until he win

Street life will have you drunk, I’m talkin serious Gin

Yeah we screamin’ Scarface, but we all know how that ends

Every word is like dope, you can snort it like lines

If I said it, then I meant it, they reciting’ every line

If I had to write a book, it would be the Life & Times

Every verse is that work, you can weigh it like a nine

You see I lost a lot of niggas and it broke my heart

Life is staged I’ll just play my part

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