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J. Cole - Land of the Snakes

[Intro]
Yeah, uh-huh

[Verse 1]
This the shit I used to roll down Lewis Street with
Lord, know some hoes from the past
Like, "Damn Cole, wish I knew that you would be rich"
Well, shoulda asked
It's funny how these niggas on some real "be cool with me" shit
I bag two bitches like it's two of me, bitch
This the shit I used to roll down Lewis Street with
Finally got my own bedroom in this bitch
No more sleeping in my brother room
Like, "Man, I might as well be sleeping in my mother room"
'Cause how I'm supposed to sneak hoes with my bro here?
Plus she gon' find out I been rocking all his old gear
This his flow here, this is no fair, this is so pure
This is so clear, this is one breath, this is no air
Ain't no wedding but I do the most here
I'm the President, you the co-chair
You the player, yeah, I'm the coach here, nigga, I coast here
This weather got me set up on this West Coast, yeah
Avoiding the snakes, AKs, and coke, yeah
Get my dick wet but I never let it soak there
Man, I been thinkin' 'bout movin' out
What? Country boy in the city
Of New York nine years, ran that shit like Diddy
Riding through South Side Queens like Fiddy

“LAnd of the Snakes” depicts Cole’s promiscuous affairs with women, something he enjoys in the choruses but regrets in the third verse, when he runs into a woman he once had a one night stand with and realizes that it hurt her. He is referring to himself as having once been (and possibly still being) a snake for hitting it and quitting it. The stylization of the title (LAnd instead of Land) is purposefully done to highlight the location of where he ran into the old female in the third verse. "The whole I’m the snake that I was supposed to be watching out for, and ironically I’m meeting that girl in LA. The whole song is just about being in LA, the place where people can lose themselves. I love LA. When I’m talking about LA I ain’t talking about Inglewood, I’m talking about Hollywood, ‘cause when you a celebrity and you go to LA you’re not going to Watts, you’re going to Hollywood. That song’s about my love for LA, but how dangerous I see it is, ‘cause I see people—rappers, whoever—and they start to believe ‘I’m this character’ and you lose touch with reality, so song is a warning for that. But then on the third verse, I meet this girl in LA who reminds me that ‘Yo, I’m no better. I’m the snake to her. I did her dirty. To some people that might seem like a trivial thing, but to her that’s real like “Yo, I fucked you never called me, and I never forgot that. That was ten years ago and I still didn’t forget.” But never saying that, but I know you’re thinking that, so I’m the snake to her, I’m the shitty dude. Meanwhile, I’m walking around nervous about everybody else being shitty, or being fake or being whatever." - via KnockMadness.tv

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