4 August 2017, 10:43
J. Cole Explains The Full Story Behind 'Neighbors'
The rapper spoke candidly to his Brooklyn audience about the infamous SWAT team incident.
J. Cole has explained the full story behind the police raid incident that inspired his 2016 track 'Neighbors'.
During a recent concert in Brooklyn, New York, the Fayetteville rapper divulged further details of the incident, which took place at his home studio in a wealthy North Carolina neighbourhood last year.
Cole's rented home was raided by a SWAT team on the assumption, allegedly made by his wealthy white neighbors, that there were drugs being sold on the premises.
Of the raid, Cole tells the audience:
"I wrote 19 rap verses about these n****s. I was mad as f**k. But I thought about it, and I had to check myself because I thought that I was guilty of something."
"Every time in this country a black man gets some money, what’s the first place he moves to?" he questions.
"Nine times out of 10, he’s gonna be living next door to somebody who’s not comfortable with your presence," the rapper continues, "But that's where we go anyways because we feel validated."
"What we won’t do is go to one of our neighbourhoods buy some property, built that shit up and invest it into the community. I felt like I was guilty of the same shit, and it made me write this."
At the end of his speech, J. Cole raps the outro of the song, ending with the lyrics: "So much for integration, don’t know what I was thinkin', I’m movin' back to south side".
Watch the full video below.
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'Neighbors' is taken from Cole's 2016 album '4 Your Eyez Only', which is available now to download, stream and purchase.
The Hip-Hop star is currently performing on his 4 Your Eyez Only tour, which makes its way to the UK in October this year.