See the SWAT Team Footage That Inspired J. Cole's Track 'Neighbors'

QUEENS, NY - OCTOBER 01:  J. Cole performs during the 2016 The Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field on October 1, 2016 in Queens, New York.  (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows)

See the SWAT Team Footage That Inspired J. Cole's Track 'Neighbors'

His manager confirms the receipts to be true.

Published April 16, 2017

Last night (April 15) J. Cole's brand new documentary4 Your Eyez Only, debuted on HBO for the first time.

As diehard fans of the Dreamville rapper were quick to point out, the documentary included footage that appears to prove his song "Neighbors," off of the album was inspired by real-life events.

At roughly the 24-minute mark in his new film, footage of the SWAT team raid appears, showcasing that the song's lyrics ("I guess the neighbors think I'm sellin' dope, sellin' dope") drew directly from true events. As the story goes, the emcee's home studio was raided due to one of the neighbors making the claim that the rapper was either growing marijuana or selling drugs out of the location.

Cole's manager, Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad, also took to Twitter, confirming that the footage was valid with a simple "yes," in response to a fan asking if the footage was from the exact situation that ended up inspiring the track "Neighbors."

As reported by Complex, such a claim also checks out according to the alleged time frame, with the clip being time-stamped with the date March 18, 2016 and therefore matching with Cole's lyrics that he was with "the team down in Austin" (for SXSW) at the time of the incident.

Security footage reveals that at least 12 armed officers approached Cole's home studio, with one camera cutting to one officer kicking down the door while another disarms the camera capturing the intense series of events.

Of course J. Cole would come correct with his lyrics and have the receipts to boot.

Take a look at the footage of the SWAT team raid featured in J. Cole's documentary below.

Written by KC Orcutt

(Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows)


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