The 25 Best J. Cole Verses

19. "Can I Holla at Ya" (2nd Verse)

Best Line: "I was too young to scrap you but damn if I ain't want to/I'm blowing up fast and I hope these words haunt you."
Album: Truly Yours

On "Breakdown," Cole talks about wanting "a father so bad." But on the second verse of "Can I Holla At Ya," a song about reconnecting with lost friends and family, he realizes that sometimes no dad is better than a shitty one. Over a loop of Lauryn Hill's "To Zion," he takes on a stepfather he knows "more than my real pops" for beating his mother, lying to her, and then abandoning both of them. He ends the verse with this devastating confession: "Heard you tryna' talk, tell that punk don't call me/You ain't shit, and I'm scared it rubbed off on me."

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