J. Cole & 21 Savage Join Forces To Feast On Fake MCs (Video)
21 Savage closed out 2018 with an impressive collection of songs. A standout came from “a lot,” which featured a seemingly unlikely guest in J. Cole. These two leaders come from different corners of Hip-Hop but together made something that still feels authentic and purposeful, down to the lyrics.
Directed by Aisultan Seitov, the video for “a lot,” involves Cole. It features many members of 21’s family at a wealthy family affair. They all pose for family photos and then sit down for a lavish dinner complete with some bubbly.
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Despite the fancy affair, 21 raps bluntly about what’s going on in his life. With the success comes stress. Later, Cole comes in with his verse, which also appropriately reflects the song and video’s message. He feels as though he is competing against artists who inflate their numbers and front in other ways. “Question, how many faking they streams? (A lot) / Getting they plays from machines (A lot) / I can see behind the smoke and mirrors / Ni**as ain’t really big as they seem (Hmm) / I never say anything (Nah), everybody got they thing (True) / Some ni**as make millions, other ni**as make memes (Hmm) / I’m on a money routine,” begins the guest.
In his verse, Cole also finds time to say a few prayers. Given the possibility of a life sentence for racketeering and more, 6ix9ine is the subject of his first reflection. After that, he sends a shout out to Philadelphia 76ers fallen star, Markelle Fultz, whose shoulder problems have prevented him from living up to the hype. In the end, Dennis Smith Jr., of the Dallas Mavericks gets a shot out as well.
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“Pray for Tekashi, they want him to rot / I’m picturing him inside a cell on a cot / Flectin’ on how he made it to the top / Wondering if it was worth it or not / I pray for Markelle cause they f*cked up his shot / Just want you to know that you got it my ni**a / Though I never met you / I know that you special and that the Lord blessed you / Don’t doubt it my ni**a / Dennis Smith Jr., stay solid my ni**a / I’m on a tangent, not how I planned it / I had some fans that hopped and abandoned ship / When they thought that I wasn’t gon’ pan out.”
From, i am > i was, 21 also dropped the video for “Motel 21.” J. Cole’s also been equally busy. He released the highly-anticipated song “Middle Child,” where he clapped back at all his doubters. He’s also at work on Dreamville label compilation, Revenge Of The Dreamers III, which features a cross-section of industry guests. Sessions recorded last month in the ATL.
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Ambrosia For Heads currently has “a lot” included in our official playlist.