J. Cole’s 25 Coldest Lines

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    J. Cole's 25 Coldest Lines
    The official numbers aren't in yet, but if J. Cole really does move somewhere around a quarter million units of <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em> in its first week, it'll be a staggering debut from a commercial standpoint for this climate. Without much radio play, Cole's album was able to sell because the North Carolina native's fan base is a passionate one, excited to see the Roc Nation signee's first official retail project finally hit shelves. In the last few years, he's been able to gain those followers thanks to his versatility as an artist—not only does he produce his own tracks, but the former <em>XXL</em> Freshman's lyrical prowess is top tier. Imagery, storytelling, honesty, metaphors and braggadocio are all crucial elements of Cole's style. In honor of his recent release, <em>XXL</em> looks back at the rhymer's catalog to offer J. Cole's 25 Coldest Lines. —<em>XXL Staff</em>
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    25. “Even them White girls tryna be my princess/But I only fuck with sisters like incest” —“Throw It Up,” <em>The Come Up</em>
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    24. "I'm finding the more I grow, the most y'all seem to stay the same/don't even know the rules ,but yet y'all trying to play the game" —“Lights Please,” <em>The Warm Up</em>
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    23. “This my New Years resolution, dawg, no more pork in me/Uh, I ain't no Muslim, though/Caron Butler, I'm a Wizard if ya doesn't know/It's young Simba, I'm ballin' 'til the buzzer blow/You try and kick the shit I kick you gon' stub your toe” —“The Autograph” <em>Friday Night Lights</em>
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    22. “Words flowing like magic, it’s truly accurate/You niggas posing like some hoes up in a beauty pageant/Nobody touching me, it’s like I got the cooties rapping” —“Unabomber”
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    21. "I step over piranhas, death over dishonor/They killin' niggas for Js, that's death over designer"—“Nobody's Perfect,” <em>Cole World</em>
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    20. “The mind state of a winner/When you thinkin' 'bout summertime, I'm thinkin' 'bout the winter/When you thinkin' bout breakfast, I'm heatin' up my dinner/I was plottin' this moment back when y'all was ridin' spinners” —“Who Dat”
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    19. “Boy look, these niggas quote my lines like the Lord’s book/You niggas less rhymes more hooks/More bucks but less love/You hear them drums, ?uestlove/No Roots, I’m so truth” —“Relaxation,” <em>Higher Learning Vol. 2</em>
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    18. "On instrumentals I'm Kimbo, slicing on any tempo/I'm busting like many pimples on the temple/Go hard like I seen some nipples on Beyonce/No disrespect to Hov but if I didn't I'd be beyond gay" —“I Really Mean It”
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    17. “Look all he wanted was a deal so when he got it he just faded/But tell me whats a deal when you want to be the greatest?/So Jay I appreciate it, hell of a stepping stone/Wonder if he see it in my eyes Im trying to get the throne/Wonder if the people know how many nights I spent alone/Making beats, writing rhymes, thinking deep, fighting time/Getting better but wasn’t getting younger/And all that time can make the most confident nigga wonder/But never doubt it or allowed that shit to phase me yo/Just switch my thoughts up like the stations on the radio/Nigga now I am” —“Last Call,” <em>The Warm Up</em>
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    16. “I’m I’ll enough to kill cancer, baby I’m Chemo/Down in Miami, and I throw like Marino/Get a whole lot of you know, and she bald like an eagle/No, not up top, but down there/She said she want to hop on top girl I don’t care/You better get yours before I reach mines cause then I’m throwing peace signs” —“Back To The Topic,” <em>Friday Night Lights</em>
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    15. “Live by the trigger, ’cause no father figure/Means you don’t got a nigga comin’ ’round to guide a nigga/All you got is mama bringin’ home these rotten niggas/Blowin’ reefers, all the teachers do is ride a nigga/So this is who I speak fo’/To give the young niggas somethin’ they could reach fo’/You better dream” —“Return of Simba”
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    14. “Born alone, work alone, die alone/Hot fire like Dy-lan/Bitches get their dial on/Fake niggas get dial tones/I ain't no Viacom nigga/I'm a fire arm, nigga/Look how I alarm niggas/Watch my dough pile on 'til it's like a mile long/Niggas couldn't fill my shoes, couldn't even try 'em on/Showed your lil' ass look, that's how you take it/Two-facing niggas, couldn't tie my shoe laces, boy” —“The Last Stretch”
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    13. "Some say that rap's alive, it turns out that i'm the proof/Cause the ones y'all thought would save the day can't even tie my boots/The ones y'all thought could hang with me can't even tie my noose/Let these words be my bullets nigga, I don't rhyme I shoot, bang!" —“Rise and Shine,” <em>Cole World</em>
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    12. “My punchlines like gut checks/I'm raw dog/I'm rough sex/I'm on deck/I'm up next/I'm godbless/I'm success/So fuck stress/You can get the fuck from around me/And if you listening know you wondering where the fuck they found me/I'm from the ville boy” —“Beautiful Bliss,” <em>Attention Deficit</em>
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    11. “I run the town/They tried to call me underground/I spun around like, 'You wish'/Homie my backpack Louis, now watch just how I do this/I got the nerds rappin' hard shit, dummies rappin' smart shit/Mozart meets Humphrey Bogart with this from the heart shit” —“Dollar and a Dream III,” <em>Cole World: The Sideline Story</em>
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    10. “So yeah I’m Simba in a sense I’m the Prince/You imposters no Mufasas but there's Oscars for you gents/When I say I'm better then you niggas don't mean no offense/But is clear wit’ no tints, man just check the fingerprints/You'll see we not the same/I got a shit list wit’ lotsa names/And plus hit list of rappers I’ma cock and aim” —“Gladiators,” <em>May 25th</em>
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    9. “My momma told me to speak like you got a college degree/You see I can, but I won't/Cause I'm saying what I want/Plus this slang that I speak don't change that I'm deep as the throat on a certified freak” —“Can I Live” <em>The Warm Up</em>
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    8. “Fuck it, everybody can get it/When you’re this hot, everybody’s a critic/But when you’re this high, everybody’s a midget/All this mean mugging from niggas that mean nothing/Could it be my position is one that you dreamed of?” —“Looking For Trouble,” <em>Friday Night Lights</em>
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    7. “They on my dick, man, I should throw a condom on/Ay, ’cause a nigga comin’ raw like I ain’t got one on/And I ain’t stoppin’ or coppin’ no pleas, I just lock and load, squeeze/Dawg, I’m on a higher level, I’m on top of nosebleeds/Niggas say the sick, but when they rock they don't sneeze” —“Just Begun,” <em>Revolutions Per Minute</em>
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    6. “I yearn for that livin' large, but mama I ain't done yet/Sit back and watch your son rise, kick back and know your son set” —“Beautiful Bliss,” <em>Attention Deficit</em>
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    5. “Real niggas hustle by using they intuition/While these fake niggas ain't about doing, they into wishing” —“Dead Presidents,” <em>The Come Up</em>
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    4. “Nobody taught us how to cook still niggas a grill, no Foreman/Try not to call them ladies Bs but them hoes swarmin'/Now honey/Ay, is it destiny or is it money? You're feelin'/Heard rumors of a deal and now you thinkin'/A million/Pardon my paranoid mind but I'm starin' in the mirror livin' in fear that things'll never be the same” —“Dead Presidents II,” <em>The Warm Up</em>
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    3. “The best rapper since Lil Wayne in classes/The best bachelor since Bruce Wayne with his bat shit/Masterd this rap shit/You hear the words coming from my lips, bastards/I never crack, I got that chapstick/I practiced til that shit made perfect and served it to the people on a silver platter/Now where/s the ladder?/Cause either you gonna whine or climb, I chose the latter/Know you haters is pissed, hold your bladder, though” —“Just To Get By,” <em>The Warm Up</em>
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    2. “Clever with it, my flow like a devil spit it and heaven sent it/So high if I dropped I would fall for 11 minutes/So yea, I operate on a higher plain, my thoughts take a higher train/It's dope, then you should know the suppliers name/It's J. Cole, set of horns and a halo/And all these Jose Cansecos wanna text-us like Waco/It's hard to remain faithful, niggas be throwing hate/Yo I'm in a league of my own so what the fuck would I play fo'?” —“Dead Presidents II,” <em>The Warm Up</em>
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    1. “The flow cold as the shoulders of gold-digging hoes when a broke nigga 'proaches/Told you I'm focused man/I'll let you muthafuckas soak it in” —“Star Is Born,” <em>Blueprint 3</em>
  • kay

    true fan, i can rap along with damn near every lyric they had up here lol

    anyway, i dont see how anyone can NOT feel Cole…his punchlines are ridiculous.

    • Ross

      Cole World > C4

      • Broadway

        THANK YOU

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    26. “she bad and she know it, some niggas save hoes, im not that heroic”

  • Yo…

    Number 8 shouldve been number 1

    • Zulu from South Africa

      The entire verse of looking for trouble should be #1.

      • Stalc

        Word. that whole verse went hard.

    • mike

      I thought that real shit is what you been fiending ’bout
      what you been praying for? What you been screaming ’bout?
      ironic you been sleeping on the one that you been dreaming ’bout

  • mayo

    and to then-ggas listening but wont buy my sh-t
    and catch me in the street wanna ride my d-ck
    y’all n-ggas is the worst, see me like
    “J. Cole homie, can you sign my burnt CD”
    n-gga please, an album ten dollars
    you act like it’s ten g’s
    this food for thought cost the same as 2 numbers three’s
    so at ease with that broke shit
    we all tryna get a dollar boy, no sh-t
    COLE WORLD This verse is y i bought the cd gotta support real shit

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    Its like Im fuckin Oprah well worth the wait.
    Maybe Over Your head
    Im ahead of my time
    Niggas Scared of my future I know they dreading y Prime
    Cause I only make Classics now what that take Timing
    Cole Under pressure, what that make? Diamonds

    #1 Right there

    • Diggz

      So with yah. Hottest shit Ive heard in years

    • Triumph

      agree !

    • joe

      true

  • Me

    I swear I feel like I’m on crazy pills when people jock J. Cole like this. I’m not a blind hater, just to clear shit up. I fuck with some of his shit, but damn. This is a list of a LOT of mediocre lines.

  • Zayad

    On Dead Pres 2 He says “And all these Jose Cansecos wanna torch us like Waco” not text-us! Look up Waco and you’ll see what he’s talking about!

    • Cox

      Naw he’s saying text-us… Waco is in Texas…

  • Kream94

    @ Me, how are these lines mediocre? Maybe if you took sumtime to read them

    • frv

      They’re mediocre..I’ve listened to Cole since the Warm Up dropped. If you really listen to him you’d know he has better lines.

      If I wasn’t a fan and saw this list I’d think he was WAY overrated..

  • ColeFan

    Dollar and a Dream. The SALLIE MAE REFERENCE.

  • paybaccc

    ‘niggas walking around wit 45′s like change for 20.’ J Cole!!!!

    • Ty

      Yes!!!

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    The thing I like about these lines and lyrics are that they alll make sense. If you don’t get them…read nigga

  • Shawty J

    XXL, how could you leave out this one?

    “I know my album gonna ship is it gonna sell (sail)/ I guess it’s in God’s hands/ I drop the pieces that make Jesus say ‘GOD DAMN!’”

  • imstarving

    wackkkk ass top 25… someone just skimmed through songs and picked out decent lines… these might be in J. Cole’s top 200 lines, not 25

  • SchemeAddict

    @ Zayad he does say text us like Waco… the real line is “… and all these (hoes)Jose Cansecos wanna text-us(TEXAS) like Waco, hard to remain faithful” Waco is a city in Texas.. plus he uses these words Jose and Text-us as a words that sound similar to Hoes and Texas… its ok not every one gets his sick metaphors at first

  • SmokeyRebelz

    I’m from the ‘ville, where we learn to mack well!!!

  • Jesus

    26. See It To Believe It- “but i digress, boy you bout as g as a fuckin tye dye vest, and your wifey is a bird even in her prada dress, want a nigga like me to come and get her out her nest, outerness”

  • RepJCinLA

    NAH NAH NAH… they didnt even add the 1st verse of farewell?!?! crazzzyyyy… dope list tho

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    Some nigga asked me y jay never shout me out, like im posed to give a fuck, don’t you know that i be out in france where the fans throw they hands like pacquiao, not cause my looks but cause my hooks could knock rocky out

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    I keep her ass in Prada shit, these niggas counterfeit/
    I potty-train niggas, this that teach you how to shit

    -Bun B for President

  • elleuk

    cool but you guys missed out>>
    Niggas scared of my future, I know they dreadin’ my prime
    ‘Cause I only made classics, now what that take? Timing
    Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds

  • Cox

    #3 is best bachelor since bruce Wayne with his BACHELORS ……not bat shit (ie.Bachlelors degree)

  • L

    lines…how about songs… artist these days. SMH

  • http://www.RapHD.com Jo FloWroshus

    j cole is aight

  • THEOFFICIALDARR

    Cause I only made classics, now what that take? Timing / Cole under pressure, what that make? Diamonds

  • Kathie

    On caption #16 auto correct put “I’ll” instead of ill.

  • Kathie

    I heart #6. If I was a boy it would pertain to me x 2. Yo amo a mi madre mucho!

  • aight

    “Paint a picture to show the deaf what it’s like to listen, and speak the words to tell a blind man what he missin’”

    “So tell me how I’m supposed to feel when the president spoke,
    When he ain’t never had to struggle, ain’t never been broke,
    Ain’t even roll through the ghetto, ain’t never been close;
    Trustin’ this government’s like trustin’ the devil in oath,
    a rebel with quotes”

    “And so I’m asking you if you could hold me down lord, be my umbrella-ella-ella in this downpour, I know you’d never ever ever let me drown or, Won’t let that devil ever ever win this round, nah.”

    “They say anything’s possible, you’ve gotta dream like you’ve never seen obstacles”

  • Daniel

    “I thought that real shit is what you been fiending ’bout what you been praying for? What you been screaming ’bout? ironic you been sleeping on the one that you been dreaming ’bout” shoulda been # 1

  • C-Raw

    They shudda had “either you follow me or swallow me bitch n I dun hit to many hoes to ever pause that shit”
    He even talks about XXL in that song, how could you miss that?

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