"Nothing Even Matters," he reinterprets the beat, flipping the concept from a love song to a lyrical diary of career feats and fears. Just in case Ms. Hill doesn't approve of the sample, Cole begs for mercy, rapping, "The sample was yelling loop me, I hope Lauryn Hill don't sue me."

From name-dropping Drake ("Throwing dollars in the strip club with Drizzy/Difference is I'm throwin' four, he throwin' 50"), to admitting to being a cheapskate ("Confessions of a cheap a-- n----/But I finally put my mama in that E-class n---a) the Grammy nominee lets his emotions bleed over the nearly five-minute track. He further rhymes on his phobias, contemplating his second album flopping and going "back to the post office," to make ends meet. There's a good chance that won't happen, but the candor is commendable.

Cole's second album, Born Sinner, drops June 25.



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