How Well Do St. John’s Students Know J. Cole’s Music? | Genius News

How Well Do St. John’s Students Know J. Cole’s Music? | Genius News

Jacques: J. Cole is one of the leading figures
in the rap game today. From his deep lyrics to his outlook on life,
he’s influenced a generation. So we decided to hit up his, and my alma
mater, St. John’s University, and see how well some of his fans know his music. Jacques: Did you know J. Cole went to St. John’s? Speaker 3: I did. I found out when I first transferred here. Speaker 4: I definitely did, and I did live
in his dorm building. Jacques: Are you all fans of J Cole? Speaker 5: Of course. Speaker 6: Yes. 100% Speaker 7: His storytelling, it’s the best
in the game. Speaker 8: I have a tattoo, actually. Jacques: Can you show it to us? Speaker 8: Yeah. “No such thing as a life that’s better than
yours.” Jacques: Where’s that from? Speaker 8: Love Yours. Jacques: So how do you think y’all are going
to do? Speaker 8: I think I’ll do pretty well. Speaker 4: I have faith in us. Jacques: You’re wearing a Dreamville shirt,
so I’m going to go a little hard on you. Where was J. Cole born: Fayetteville, North
Carolina, or Frankfurt, Germany? Speaker 5: North Carolina. Speaker 3: North Carolina. Speaker 4: Germany. You got to get with it. His father was in the military. Yeah, backstories. J. Cole fan. Jacques: What was J. Cole’s first rap name:
Blaza or the Therapist? Speaker 6: Is it the Therapist? Speaker 8: Yeah, I say the Therapist. Speaker 10: Oh, he used both. Blaza. Speaker 11: The therapist? Thank you, thank you. It was a good shot. Speaker 12: I’m pretty sure it was Blaza. The Therapist came after. Speaker 10: What is the name of J. Cole’s
first mix tape: ‘The Warm Up’ or ‘The Come Up?’ Speaker 13: The Come Up. Speaker 3: The Come Up. Let’s go. Jacques: What was J. Cole’s first project
to go platinum with no features: ‘For Eyez Only,’ or ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive?’ Speaker 6: Is it For Your Eyes Only? Speaker 7: 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Group: 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Speaker 8: Forest Hills Drive. For Your Eyes Only was after. Duh. Jacques: Finish the following lyric: “First
things first…” Speaker 13: “Rest in peace, Uncle Phil.” Jacques: “First things first…” Speaker 3: “I’m the realist.” Speakers 4 & 5: “Rest in peace, Uncle Phil.” Speaker 5: I can’t even believe I didn’t get
that. Group: “Rest in peace, Uncle Phil.” Speaker 8: “First things first, rest in peace,
Uncle Phil.” Speaker 8: For real. J. Cole: (singing)
Jacques: What St. John’s dorm room is J. Cole rapping in, in this video? Speaker 14: I’m going to say, Donovan? Speaker 15: Hollis? Speaker 16: That’s Hollis 503. Speaker 6: If you lived in Hollis… because
I lived in Hollis, and people like, “Yo, J. Cole lived here.” So, it’s like, “I lived here!” Jacques: What song did Nas hear, that caused
them to be disappointed in Cole, which eventually led to the song “Let Nas Down?” “Crooked Smile,”
or “Work Out?” Speaker 3: I should know this, shouldn’t I? Jacques: You should know this. Speaker 3: Definitely. Crooked Smile. Speaker 17: I want say Work Out. Speaker 13: I’m going to guess it’s Work Out. Speaker 7: Work Out. Speaker 13: Jay-Z wanted a radio song, because
he’s starting to come up, and so he made on, and it did good on the radio but Nas is like,
“What is this shit?” Speaker 7: J Cole waited out in the cold to
get beats to which rapper: Nas, or Jay-Z? Speaker 3: I’d say Nas. Speaker 5: Nas. Speaker 4: Jay-Z. Speaker 5: Oh, wow. See? I suck at this. Speaker 3: It was Jay-Z. Jacques: For the next 10 seconds, name as many members of Dreamville Records as you can. Ready? Go. Speaker 15: Lute, Cozz… Speaker 4: Ari. Speaker 5: Ari. Speaker 6: You said Bas? Speaker 8: Oh, no. I didn’t. Speaker 4: J.I.D., No Disrespect. Speaker 3: I’m so sorry. I have no clue. Speaker 13: Fucking Earthgang. Speaker 15: Omen. Speaker 7: Omen, Lute, J.I.D., Ari Lennox,
Earthgang, Bas, Cozz… Damn, did I miss anybody? Jacques: And J. Cole. Speaker 7: And J. Cole, yeah. Jacques: So, how do you think you did? Speaker 3: Pretty bad. Pretty freaking bad. Speaker 14: A 4.0 GPA. I think we did well. Speaker 4: We should’ve done better. I’m very disappointed. Speaker 16: Oh we passed. Speaker 17: Yeah. Passing grade. Jacques: Cole’s St John’s fans really put
on for their fellow alum. How’d you do? Let us know in the comments. I’m Jacques Morel with Genius News, bringing
you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music. Peace.

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  1. I think I attended SJU around the same time that Cole did but only for a year. Probably saw him around campus back then. If I'm not mistaken, he was part of Haraya and they were the student organization that used to put together the Spring Hip Hop concerts on campus. I got to see a lot of artists at those SJU shows like Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Clipse, Remy Ma, Arsonists, Lone Catalysts, Rah Digga, D-Block, Carl Thomas, Tweet, Lyfe Jennings, Black Rob.

    Genius is wild trash nowadays but shoutout to Jacques. I remember the HuffPo GoT episode recaps he used to do.

  2. 1:49 with that iggy line, got me reminiscing "Fire Squad" where Cole says "Watch iggy win a grammy as i try to crack a smile." pure fire!!

  3. First things first rest in peace uncle phill

    For reall

    You the only father i ever knew
    i get ma bitch pregnant ima be a better you

  4. Yo, i might be too emotional at the moment, but the goosebumps i had after the first guy finished the lyrics…


  5. Im soooo disappointed in these St.John students 😂 they not fans for real. Only the short woman with the braids really held it down.

  6. He did not say "I'm the Realest", call the people. Yall are going to JAILLLL PERIODTTTT💀😭😭🤣🤣🤣💀💀💀💀💀

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