The 25 Best J. Cole Verses

24. "Tears for ODB" (1st Verse)

Best Line: "I was sent from heaven with a set of horns, they'd better warn ya'll/I'm here for more than just to kick some witty metaphors, dawg/This more of/The type of shit you spit to set a war off."
Album: Truly Yours

Another standout from Truly Yours—even if the simpler, piano-led production makes his improvement on Born Sinner that much more obvious. But his tear jerking rhymes match the keys' emotive tone: On the first verse, he mourns the damage done by the crack era ("80's baby, so I know my pops was getting high") and a "system meant to lock us out," and gives ODB's "drug-induced poetry" a proper tribute.

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