“Track 9”

Producer: J. Cole

Complex says: Remember that country-rock song “Centerfield” by John Fogerty? This is the rap version of that. Cole tells us that being on the sidelines is a metaphor for his situation on Roc Nation. He sees himself as a player on the bench waiting for the coach (in this case, Jay) to put him in the game.

Similar to Big Sean, Cole got signed by a major rap figure and everyone assumed his life was all good. In reality, he had to work to get his album out. On the song, Cole rhymes about being annoyed with questions about Jay-Z and he wishes someone could show him the guidelines to getting off the sidelines.