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J. Cole - 03' Adolescence

[Produced by Willie B]

[Intro]
La la la
La la la la la
La la la
La la la la la

[Verse 1]
I grew up, a fucking screw up, tie my shoe up
Wish they was newer, damn, need something newer
In love with the baddest girl in the city, I wish I knew her
I wish I wasn't so shy, I wish I was a bit more fly
I wish that I could tell her how I really feel inside
That I'm the perfect nigga for her, but then maybe that's a lie
She like a certain type of nigga, and it's clear I'm not that guy
Ball player, star player, I'm just watchin' from the side
On the bench, 'cause my lack of confidence won't let me fly
I ain't grow up with my father, I ain't thinkin' 'bout that now
Fast forward four years or so from now, I'll probably cry
When I realize what I missed, but as of now my eyes are dry
'Cause I'm tryna stay alive, in the city where too many niggas die
Dreamin' quiet trying to dodge a suit and tie
Who am I? (La la la)
Ayy, who am I? (La la la la la, yeah)

In 2003, Cole turned 18 and graduated from Terry Sanford High School. Later that year he moved to New York City to attend St. Johns University on an academic scholarship. The song details Cole’s innermost thoughts as an aspiring MC in Fayetteville, including his low self-esteem, troubles with women, and the misapprehension that the “live free” life is fantastic.

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