Jermaine Lamarr Cole, known better as hip-hop artist, J. Cole, was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation. This up-and-coming artist has blown up since his freshman album dropped, mainly because his music actually makes a comment on social ills in society in a potent, poetic way.

One of my favorite songs off Cole World: The Sideline Story, is titled, “Daddy’s Little Girl.” I’ve included the video below as well as some stand out lyrics. Warning: song contains EXPLICIT lyrics. 

“Mama couldn’t never reach her
Brother tried his best to teach her
She thinks she’s ready for the world
Just look at daddy’s little girl”

J. Cole is not only amazingly creative but he is also very, very, SMART. This 26-year-old, graduated from St. John’s University on an academic scholarship, where he graduated magna cum laude with a major in communication and a minor in business. I can’t press you enough to check out J. Cole in more depth and support him by buying his album or downloading any of his great mixtapes (The Come Up, The Warm Up, or Friday Night Lights). I hope more artists try to emulate J. Cole and take on the more important topics in society.