The Rundown: J. Cole, Born Sinner

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"LAnd of the Snakes"

After the Biggie pull, J. Cole picks up Outkast's "Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 1)" from their third album, Aquemini. Both samples are from an era in those artists lives when they were first really learning to balance the limelight with real life, and J. Cole seems to be in the same place. His battles are more Boy Meets World than Boyz n the Hood, however: "Finally got my own bedroom in this b---h / No more sleepin' in my brother's room / Like, man, I might as well be sleepin' in my mothers room / 'cause how I'm supposed to sneak h--s with my bro here?"

(Photo: Christie Goodwin/Redferns)

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