J. Cole - '03 Adolescence Lyrics




I grew up, a fuckin' screw up
Tie my shoe up, wish they was newer
Damn, need somethin' newer
In love with the baddest girl in the city, I wish I knew her
I wish I won't so shy, I wish I was a bit more fly
I wish that I, could tell her how I really feel inside
That I'm the perfect nigga for her, but then maybe that's a lie
She like a certain type of nigga, and it's clear I'm not that guy
Ball player, star player, I'm just watchin' from the side
On the bench, cause my lack of confidence won't let me fly
I ain't grow up with my father, I ain't thinkin' bout that now
Fast forward four years or so from now I'll probably cry
When I realize what I missed, but as of now my eyes are dry
Cause I'm tryna stay alive,
In the city where too many niggas die
Dreamin' quiet tryna dodge a suit and tie
Who am I? Aye who am I? (Yeah)

Things change, rearrange and so do I
It ain't always for the better dawg I can't lie
I get high cause the lows can be so cold
I might bend a little bit but I don't fold
One time for my mind and two for yours
I got food for your thoughts to sooth your soul
If you see my tears fall just let me be
Move along, nothing to see

I always did shit the hard way, my niggas *** slangin' in the hallway
Burnt CD's and trees like this was broadway, Times Square
Kept the dimes there in the locker
Some Reggie Miller
With more brown hairs than Chubacca
Whispers that he got it for the low low
Sell a, dime for a dub, them white boys ain't know no better
Besides, what's twenty dollars to a nigga like that?
He tell his pops he need some lunch and he gon' get it right back
I peep game
Got home snatched my mama keychain, took her whip
The appeal, too ill to refrain
I hit the boulevard pull up to my nigga front door
His mama at home, she still let em' hit the blunt though
I told her hello and sat with my nigga and laughed
And talked about how we gon' smash all the bitches in class
I complimented how I see him out here getting his cash, and just asked
"What a nigga gotta do to get that? Put me on"
He just laughed when he seen I was sure
17 years breathing his demeanor said more
He told me, "Nigga you know how you sound right now?
You won't my mans, I would think that you a clown right now
Listen, you everything I wanna be that's why I fucks with you
So how you looking up to me, when I look up to you
You bout to go get a degree, I'ma be stuck with two choices
Either graduate to weight or selling number two
For what? A hundred bucks or two a week?
Do you think that you would know what to do if you was me?
I got, four brothers, one mother that don't love us
If they ain't never want us why the fuck they never wore rubbers?"
I felt ashamed to have ever complained about my lack of gear
And thought about how far we done came
From trailer park to a front yard with trees in the sky
Thank you mama dry your eyes, there ain't no reason to cry
You made a genius and I, ain't gon' take it for granted
I ain't gon' settle for lesser, I ain't gon' take what they handed
Nah I'm gon' take what they owe me and show you that I can fly
And show ol' girl what she missing
The illest nigga alive
Aye who am I?

Things change, rearrange and so do I (Aye who am I?)
It ain't always for the better dawg I can't lie (Aye who am I?)
I get high cause the lows can be so cold
I might bend a little bit but I don't fold
One time for my mind and two for yours
I got food for your thoughts to sooth your soul
If you see my tears fall just let me be
Move along, nothing to see

I never felt better





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J. Cole '03 Adolescence Comments
  1. jacob gudino

    YOU EVERY THING I WANT TO BE THATS WHY I FUCK WITH YOU

  2. Master Tommo

    Steven Harris divorces Tonya Johnson when he gets out of prison.
    Eric Parker is always blind to magic.

  3. Master Tommo

    Issac Garner loses focus easily.
    Issac garner knows how to hustle.
    Issac garner has alot of sex with Tonya Johnson while he is in prison. Steven Harris and Chris Sanders fall deeply into love with each other and buys a nice big house when they get out of prison.
    Christopher sanders and Steven Harris are soul mates.
    Chris marries a foreigner from Colombia for alot of money.

  4. Master Tommo

    General gets revenge on Issac repeatedly.

  5. Master Tommo

    General's mother buys him alot of clothes and exspensive shoes when he is in 7th and 8th grade and that is a fact.
    General's mother gets a good paying job while he is in 7th grade and she keeps the job.
    General has a feminine gesture but he is highly attracted to females.

  6. Master Tommo

    Patience is always a virtue.
    Timmy always has strong virtues.
    Timothy Sanders is very great at math.
    Timmy is very good at math.
    Timothy Sanders is a expert at reading personalities.
    Timmy is awesome and perfect.

  7. Master Tommo

    The struggle only makes you stronger if you can make it through the struggle.
    Disloyalty is a weakness and it slows you down.

    eddie tran

    Beauty in the struggle ugliness in success

  8. Its Alexia

    Bro i regret not listening to this wayyyyy earlier! J Cole forever the goat!!

  9. Trevor Franncis

    Last verse is the best conversation ever

  10. BasedGod

    “Listen, you everything I wanna be that's why I fucks with you
    So how you looking up to me when I look up to you?
    You bout to go get a degree, I'ma be stuck with two choices:
    Either graduate to weight or selling number two” realest s*** I’ve heard 🔥

  11. Brain Spasm

    more brown hairs than who hahahaha

  12. Oscar Coleman

    Man the lyrics are real. J. Cole much respect for this track sorry it took me so long to listen. Peace

  13. dead pool

    2020 and this will forever be one of my favorites,this song is so relatable

  14. Carson Lauderdale

    "I peep game, got home snatch my momma key chain, took her whip the appeal to I'll to refrain" that verse low key fire imo

  15. JUMPMANAMONEY

    The #TRUTH

  16. One Man

    It's basically just jcole and kendrik to me. Everybody else is just fluff. That includes drake lol

  17. Luan Rodrigues

    Portas no topo 1 kkkk

  18. Lyfestyle Muzik

    "You everything I wanna be that's why I fucks with you
    So how you looking up to me, when I look up to you?"

  19. Johwn Clk

    Poetas no topo

  20. TheWhiteKirby

    I wish that last verse would get to more of the new school listeners. Like they think trapping and shit is cool- that shit sucks for a livlihoood. Constant paranoia, constant badgering of fiends, random hours, putting family/friends at risk- it ain't sweet. It ain't cool. It's cool to go get a fucking 120k annual salary job from college. It's cool to move to the suburbs and enjoy safe, wealth. J.Cole man. When he dies we will all celebrate his genius. But only when he dies, until then- let's listen to Lil Yung Number Boy.

  21. TheWhiteKirby

    @2:46 real cole fans, and this is why he is the goat, know that this is the prelude to 4 Your Eyez Only. He does that so well, did the same thing with Dreams and Power Trip.

  22. Rielly Monaghan

    best chorus ever 1:21

  23. Smurf

    is this talking to me....

  24. California Kid

    Most people don’t know what growing up rough is and are to blind to see how blessed they really are , I grew up a fucking skrew up

  25. Jacksonman guy

    this is actually the hardest song ive ever heard

  26. S O M E B L A S T

    Sounds like he bout to cry

  27. RealTalkVMC

    Luv u cole realsht .... one humble layback dude he dont talk aloud like alot do he play that back and watch but his music speak for itself ..... u one ill nga .....easy .... we watching and listening to yah

  28. Darryel Burdette

    2020 and I'm still listen!!!

  29. A1 Piece

    2:33 *Wolf Howl in the background*
    Nigga.. you know how you sound right now

    you wasn’t my mans I would think that you a clown right now

    Fucking chills

  30. Revivalord

    Always think my headphones disconnected at :07

  31. BabyQ 6up

    yo yo yo 2020 where u at

  32. Brown boy

    This one hits different

  33. Anthony Patrick

    2020 squad?

  34. blackk merchant

    Who here listening this fire in 2020???

  35. Angel Hernandez

    This is a beat from $uicideboy$

  36. ya_1upp

    still bumping this in 2020, cole’s music is timeless and universal💯❤️

  37. Jay’s GamingChannel

    His best album before he went woke

  38. Maria

    I really am genuinely thankful for j Cole.

  39. marv diaz

    ANYONE ELSE LISTENING IN 2020???

  40. Zach Bianco

    2020 GANG WYA??!!

  41. ryah 666

    Hittin different in the new decade tho

  42. Max Trusler

    Who’s listening 2020❗️

  43. The King Reacts

    First time in 2020

  44. Texas Made

    This album reminde me of the 90's where you can play the whole album and every track was fire no skipping Bone thugs,Master p,Tupac,Do or die etc.

  45. Dustin Setser

    First song of 2020 ... perfect intro

  46. MuchoHandlesG

    First one to listen to this in 2020 😀💯

  47. FLUFFY PANCAKE

    Who still bumping in 2020!!

  48. Renegade_16

    This shit gives me shivers everytime, that first verse literally encapsulates my life.

  49. yoxniki

    i’m trying not to cry bc i’m doing my majeup

  50. Mikazzo Tha' Myztik

    I play 4 your eyez only(single) after this and it's one of the most legendary runs I've ever heard

  51. 400 subscribers No videos

    J cole just awakened me

  52. 400 subscribers No videos

    My first time hearing it and it’s 2020

  53. Jorge Ramirez

    Ima smoke a blunt and reminisce my ups and downs of 2019

  54. Ob3y Juic3

    His most vivid song

  55. Wellington Miranda

    Poetas no topo

    Johwn Clk

    Vim por la kkk

  56. Az cardinalds23

    He is slept on because he don’t rap about bs

  57. Omarion Stormer

    Blasting this song gives me goosebumps 😷🤧😱

  58. kopaneck simpson

    He so hard 💯

  59. Danny Boy

    " My lack of confidence wont let me fly " that touched my soul & everyone deals with internal issues. I'm my biggest obstacles , I sabotage myself. With GODs grace and with my hardwork ( Self improvement) I will attain self confidence . I see the potential in myself , lack of confidence is bitch .

  60. Ibrahim Saeed

    Going through a breakup and this song honestly keeps me going. Makes me realize how far I've came and how bright the future can be and I'm always gonna be appreciative for everything. J Cole really is an artist because his words literally paint pictures in my mind.

  61. Zhoriff Jamali

    I grew up, a fuckin' screw up
    Tie my shoe up, wish they was newer
    Damn, need somethin' newer
    In love with the baddest girl in the city, I wish I knew her
    I wish I weren't so shy, I wish I was a bit more fly
    I wish that I, could tell her how I really feel inside
    That I'm the perfect nigga for her, but then maybe that's a lie
    She like a certain type of nigga, and it's clear I'm not that guy
    Ball player, star player, I'm just watchin' from the side
    On the bench, cause my lack of confidence won't let me fly
    I ain't grow up with my father, I ain't thinkin' bout that now
    Fast forward four years or so from now I'll probably cry
    When I realize what I missed, but as of now my eyes are dry
    Cause I'm tryna stay alive
    In the city where too many niggas die
    Dream in quiet tryna dodge a suit and tie
    Who am I? Aye who am I? (Yeah)
    Things change, rearrange, or so do I
    It ain't always for the better dawg, I can't lie
    I get high cause the lows can be so cold
    I might bend a little bit but I don't fold
    One time for my mind and two for yours
    I got food for your thoughts to sooth your soul
    If you see my tears fall just let me be..
    Move along, nothing to see
    I always did shit the hard way, my niggas slangin' in the hallway
    Burnt CD's and trees like this was Broadway
    Times Square, kept the dimes there in the locker
    Some Reggie Miller
    With more brown hairs than Chewbaca
    Whispers that he got it for the low low sell a
    Dime for a dub, them white boys ain't know no better
    Besides, what's twenty dollars to a nigga like that?
    He tell his pops he need some lunch and he gon' get it right back
    I peep game, got home snatched my mama keychain
    Took her whip, the appeal, to ill to refrain
    I hit the boulevard pull up to my nigga front door
    His mama at home, she still let em' hit the blunt though
    I told her hello and sat with my nigga and laughed
    And talked about how we gon' smash all the bitches in class
    I complimented how I see him out here getting his cash, and just asked
    "What a nigga gotta do to get that?! Put me on"
    He just laughed when he seen I was sure
    17 Years breathing his demeanor said more
    He told me, "Nigga you know how you sound right now?
    You won't my mans, I would think that you a clown right now, listen"
    "You everything I wanna be that's why I fucks with you
    So how you looking up to me, when I look up to you?"
    "You bout to go get a degree, I'm bout to be stuck with two choices:
    Either graduate to weight or sell a number two
    For what? A hundred bucks or two a week?
    Do you think that you would know what to do if you was me?
    I got, four brothers, one mother that don't love us
    If they ain't never want us why the fuck they never wore rubbers?"
    I felt ashamed to have ever complained about my lack of gear
    And thought about how far we done came
    From trailer park to a front yard with trees in the sky
    Thank you mama dry your eyes, there ain't no reason to cry
    You made a genius and I, ain't gon' take it for granted
    I ain't gon' settle for lesser, I ain't gon' take what they handed
    Nah I'm gon' take what they owe me and show you that I can fly
    And show ol' girl what she missing
    The illest nigga alive
    Aye who am I?
    Things change, rearrange, or so do I, (Aye who am I?)
    It ain't always for the better dawg, I can't lie (Aye who am I?)
    I get high cause the lows can be so cold
    I might bend a little bit but I don't fold
    One time for my mind and two for yours
    I got food for your thoughts to sooth your soul
    If you see my tears fall just let me be
    Move along, nothing to see

  62. Mark Ellis

    If they ain't want us why they never wore rubbers? Cole the goat!

  63. The Breaux Show

    I cry every time I hear his home boy’s story.. 😢

  64. squiddy Daddy

    Favorite song of all time

  65. Kame Fukuro

    Food For Thought

  66. OG Peebz

    my nigga *earl* slaggin in the hallway

  67. Lakeisha Pardue

    I love this song

  68. Official Ore

    Who's here because they relate with every word the lyrics say?

  69. JaeProd

    This deserves 100 mill + views. 🤦🏽‍♂️🙌🏽

  70. BedTV

    Shit deep who here in 2019

  71. BMG Connections

    2019 Dec 1 FHD

  72. Joshua Glass

    O gs know

  73. Bball_Boyz

    One of the greatest hip hop albums ever made

  74. Toolie Ru

    I can relate to this on so many levels - 2019

  75. Neighborhood Radio

    You everything I wanna be that's why I fuck witchu. So how you lookin up to me when I look up to you.

  76. Diego Torres

    The 🐐🤐

  77. when condoms break

    I know his mom who passed the blunt like damn nigga really?

  78. TTG MurdaBoy

    Who here in (November 2019)

  79. Lord Farquaad

    If you didn't know this album is double platinum with no features

  80. Anonymous Mini

    Top 3 songs is this one. This will always be one of the most realest shit.

  81. POTHEADZ

    November 2019 💫

  82. Luan Rodrigues

    Poetas no Topo 1 KKKKKKKKKKK

  83. Yawana Love

    November 14, 2019

  84. Eamon Calhoun

    “Inlove with the baddest girl in the city! “ wowww I can relate

  85. Jose Dominguez

    This hit hard

  86. Malachi Lozada

    Its 2019 and this song still humbles me 🙏🏼

  87. Tyler Snakovsky

    This is the greatest song ever written, takes me to that place$

  88. Brock Dunlap

    J I C O N I C COLE

  89. AYE VISUALZ

    November gang?

  90. Filmon Tesfay

    Can’t wait too meet u 11-5-2019

  91. Sam Eaton

    "Things change, rearrange, and so do I"

  92. Josef

    I grew up, a fuckin' screw up
    Tie my shoe up, wish they was newer
    Damn, need somethin' newer
    In love with the baddest girl in the city, I wish I knew her
    I wish I weren't so shy, I wish I was a bit more fly
    I wish that I, could tell her how I really feel inside
    That I'm the perfect nigga for her, but then maybe that's a lie
    She like a certain type of nigga, and it's clear I'm not that guy
    Ball player, star player, I'm just watchin' from the side
    On the bench, cause my lack of confidence won't let me fly
    I ain't grow up with my father, I ain't thinkin' bout that now
    Fast forward four years or so from now I'll probably cry
    When I realize what I missed, but as of now my eyes are dry
    Cause I'm tryna stay alive
    In the city where too many niggas die
    Dream in quiet tryna dodge a suit and tie
    Who am I? Aye who am I? (Yeah)

    Things change, rearrange, or so do I
    It ain't always for the better dawg, I can't lie
    I get high cause the lows can be so cold
    I might bend a little bit but I don't fold
    One time for my mind and two for yours
    I got food for your thoughts to sooth your soul
    If you see my tears fall just let me be..
    Move along, nothing to see

    I always did shit the hard way, my niggas slangin' in the hallway
    Burnt CD's and trees like this was Broadway
    Times Square, kept the dimes there in the locker
    Some Reggie Miller
    With more brown hairs than Chewbaca
    Whispers that he got it for the low low sell a
    Dime for a dub, them white boys ain't know no better
    Besides, what's twenty dollars to a nigga like that?
    He tell his pops he need some lunch and he gon' get it right back
    I peep game, got home snatched my mama keychain
    Took her whip, the appeal, to ill to refrain
    I hit the boulevard pull up to my nigga front door
    His mama at home, she still let em' hit the blunt though
    I told her hello and sat with my nigga and laughed
    And talked about how we gon' smash all the bitches in class
    I complimented how I see him out here getting his cash, and just asked
    "What a nigga gotta do to get that?! Put me on"
    He just laughed when he seen I was sure
    17 Years breathing his demeanor said more
    He told me, "Nigga you know how you sound right now?
    You won't my mans, I would think that you a clown right now, listen"
    "You everything I wanna be that's why I fucks with you
    So how you looking up to me, when I look up to you?"
    "You bout to go get a degree, I'm bout to be stuck with two choices:
    Either graduate to weight or sell a number two
    For what? A hundred bucks or two a week?
    Do you think that you would know what to do if you was me?
    I got, four brothers, one mother that don't love us
    If they ain't never want us why the fuck they never wore rubbers?"
    I felt ashamed to have ever complained about my lack of gear
    And thought about how far we done came
    From trailer park to a front yard with trees in the sky
    Thank you mama dry your eyes, there ain't no reason to cry
    You made a genius and I, ain't gon' take it for granted
    I ain't gon' settle for lesser, I ain't gon' take what they handed
    Nah I'm gon' take what they owe me and show you that I can fly
    And show ol' girl what she missing
    The illest nigga alive
    Aye who am I?

    Things change, rearrange, or so do I, (Aye who am I?)
    It ain't always for the better dawg, I can't lie (Aye who am I?)
    I get high cause the lows can be so cold
    I might bend a little bit but I don't fold
    One time for my mind and two for yours
    I got food for your thoughts to sooth your soul
    If you see my tears fall just let me be
    Move along, nothing to see

  93. RONTAVIUS BOLSTON

    Why the likes so low... They supposed to be this much(🙏)

  94. vulp

    i wish that i could really tell her how i really feel inside that im the perfect nigga for her but then maybe thats a lie

  95. Joshua Glass

    Real life shit.