The Making of J. Cole's "Cole World: The Sideline Story"

"God’s Gift"

Producer: J. Cole

J. Cole: “I made that one day in the crib. I was like, ‘I’m just going to throw some shit out today,’ because it was that time. I just felt like I needed to throw something out to the fans. The fans needed to hear something, so I made that song.

 
That was the one I originally was like, ‘Yo, Jay-Z would be crazy on this right here.’ I’m not mad [that Jay-Z jumped on ‘Mr. Nice Watch’ instead of ‘God’s Gift’]. I think it worked out better. - J. Cole
 

“Once I made that song, I was like, ‘Oh, shit! You can’t throw this out. This is special.' So, I didn’t throw it out, obviously. I realized that, ‘Not only is it special, this might be the one for Jay.’ That was the one I originally was like, ‘Yo, Jay-Z would be crazy on this right here.’

“I’m not mad [that Jay-Z jumped on ‘Mr. Nice Watch’ instead of ‘God’s Gift’]. I think it worked out better. When I made ‘God’s Gift,’ I didn’t have ‘Mr. Nice Watch.’ ‘God’s Gift’ is a great song, classic, the beat is incredible.

“I feel like it’s a bigger moment. It feels more special to have him on ‘Mr. Nice Watch.’ It’d have been great, don’t get me wrong, but ‘Mr. Nice Watch’ is something else.”

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