J. Cole - Note To Self Lyrics

And wherever we go
And whatever we do
And whatever we see
And whoever we be
It don't matter
It don't matter
I don't mind cause you don't matter
I don't mind cause I don't matter
(And don't shit matter)
You'll see in the end

I've got a feeling that there's somethin' more
Something that holds us together
Something that holds us together
The strangest feeling but I can't be sure
Something that's old is forever
Something that's old is forever


Yeah nigga, Forest Hills Drive. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, that's it. We made it, baby! As we speak the last sample just cleared. Thank you to whoever in Japan, just cleared that shit. Turn my vocal up and turn the headphones down a little bit. I gotta do my thank you's man. I didn't have enough time to turn my thank you's for the artwork, so fuck it. I'm a do it right now

This is the credits. This is role credits nigga, if you don't wanna sit through the credits get your ass up and walk out the movie theatre. First and foremost my entire Dreamville team, thank you man. Before that I'm buggin, thank you God! Oh my God. Everything happened too perfectly and in line, this whole thing

Thank you God. Thank my Dreamville family. Mez who fuckin' sleep right now, that nigga ain't even recording this thing right now. Nigga's been working' hard man, Mez I'm proud as fuck of you man, for real you killed this shit. Ib what up. El Presidente what up! We killed this shit nigga, we killed this shit nigga! I don't give a fuck if we sell 3 copies nigga, we killed this shit nigga!

My nigga Adam, I'm proud of y'all man, for real. Ron Gilmore, my nigga. Yes, Camille, yes that's my sister. Casey, that's like a father figure right there, Casey. My brother Ced, wow, we done came a long way from the Ville, my nigga Gray Street. My nigga Felton, you killed it, you killed that Friday Night Lights shit nigga and you killed this one too man. I shoulda been coming to you man. You only do the classics though, that's what it is, for real. My nigga Mike Shaw shiggity, you already know where he at right now posted up somewhere in D.R. My nigga RJ Trump Trump gettin' that motherfuckin' bread, you know what it is man. My nigga Diz, I see you, I see your vision, I believe in you. I love y'all niggas. Big D, thank you man for real. (Teddy what up) (Shotgun) We believe in y'all, (Proof!) you and the fiends, my nigga Bassy Badass, Bas, Bas, Bas, I can't believe it nigga! (Marquis Jones) You changed your life, man, keep goin'. Keep goin', the sky is the limit. Fuck that, man, Super Mooking Fiends. It's Super Mooking Fiends nigga!

My nigga Depp, you know what I mean? Razzle Dazzle, Elite, Elite, Elite, Elite what up! What up man, my nigga Reagan put in them hours! My nigga Omen, man, Elephant Eyes, that shit is a confirmed classic, man. Dreamville, we only did confirmed classics so far, that's all we doin'. Yo Elijah! Aye if we go diamond, nigga you got the triple crown, man. First 50, then Usher, nigga you fuckin' out of here. But we might go wood though. Nervous Wreck, man, congratulations to you, brother, I love you. (At least go silver) Filthy, I love you too, man. I know you feel a way about me right now but I love you. Yo shout to the young niggas, man. Forreal, we blessed to have y'all on board, man, we feel so grateful

Cozz, that Cozz and Effect is a mothafuckin' classic, nigga. I be ridin' my bike through Manhattan listenin' to that shit, man. I've been livin' with that shit for like the past 4 days, I finally got a chance to slow down. That shit is a classic, my nigga. Congratulations to you. We don't give a fuck what it sold, I don't even know what that shit sold to tell you the truth, man. And I'm proud of you, man. I'm proud of you and your homeboys. Y'all it's really gon' be great to watch y'all grow. I'm appreciatin' watchin' y'all grow more than we did! I get to relive it all again and actually appreciate it this time. Shout out to the whole committee, man. Tone, Meez, what up. My nigga Money Makin Matt, what up man? Treat them boys right, man

Everybody that was involved in makin' this album, my nigga Jack who's at the board right now, what's up man!? Yo you made the album, man! We gon' live forever, man! You gotta loop the beat up right now though cause it can't... okay Raff, Rugged Raff, Perfect Sound Studios, LA we couldn't have did it without you. My nigga Dave Linaburg, Nate Jones, Yolanda, TS, Kaye Fox came through and killed it. My nigga Quick with the clean versions, Vinylz killed that beat! My nigga Phonix, oh that beat is hard! Dahi brought that beat, who does that? Pop & Oak, my nigga Pop, thank you man, and Willie B, I never met you, but you did the beat.! llmind you killed the beat, Social Experiment, my nigga Jeff on the guitar, you know what I mean? Nuno did the mothafuckin' strings, I appreciate that shit, man! We gon' pay you. Hey, the horn players that came through, I don't know y'all names but y'all killed that shit, man, we was lovin' that shit! Shout out to all the girls on the mothafuckin' strings. We appreciate it. Guess that shit a little wild, I ain't gon' lie. Uh, maybe that was my fault, I set y'all up with Wreck-It-Raph. But it's all good, we still killed it though. And all the mothafuckin' samples that cleared, thank you, y'all be tryin' to give a nigga a hard time on the samples, man! I'm a go to the fuckin' Supreme Court and try to make this shit easier for niggas like me to clear these samples, man. If you made the fuckin' music, and you made the art, and you put it into the world, I should be able to use it however the fuck I want. I'm a pay you, I'm a give you a percentage, but you shouldn't be able to tell me I can't use it. Ya, that's fuckin'... that's fucked up nigga. You was inspired by the world allow the world to be inspired by your shit, and to use your shit. So all them people like [*censored*] or whoever that don't let niggas use they shit, fuck that man. It's 2014, 2015 by the time you might hear this shit. Fuck that man we movin' on

Man, shout out Drizzy Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Wale, I'm so happy to be peers with y'all niggas and consider y'all niggas friends. And I'm sorry I had to come snatch the crown right quick. I had to do it to show niggas it ain't no more motherfuckin' crowns man. We gotta be the example, we gotta show these niggas man, it's love at the top. Can't you believe, it's crazy to believe we sitting right here in these mother fuckin' seats right now. 15 years ago we was lookin' at these niggas like "man we gotta be these niggas! ". Now we those niggas, but it's our responsibility to show these niggas man it's love up here. Niggas want beef, niggas want drama, fuck that we comin' together

Shout out to everybody in Ferguson right now still ridin', still ridin'. Everybody else asleep, y'all still ridin'. And it's bigger than Ferguson, man that shit is fuckin' nationwide man. We gotta come together, look at each other, love each other. We share a common story nigga that's pain, struggle. And guess what man, we can come together, and that's one things that's gon' do it, that's love. I'm just telling y'all, that's a Public Service Announcement

Back to this shit, yo. ByStorm, I love y'all niggas man, no matter what. Wayne, Just, MK thank you man you came on board and killed it. Natalya, what's up! My nigga Julius Garcia, I already shouted you out but I shouted out your alias and I just put your whole government on record and this gon' live forever. Tisha, Tisha, you know I love you Tisha!

Future the Prince, thank you for those conversations man I needed that.Roc Nation daamnn, we feel like a family now man, forreal. It was always family but it's so ill to see us come together on this album, thank y'all very much man. Thank y'all for believing, I know this is a scary idea, I don't know if it's gonna work or not, as I speak, I don't gave a fuck! Fuck man, I'm just happy we did this shit. Shout out to Nelly, Ted, Christina, Chaka I love you, Jeff what up, Jay-Z, Hov, holla! Jay Brown what up! Rich Kleiman, Ty-Ty, my nigga Emory, you know what it is

Shout out to Interscope. Yeah, Joey I.E, 'preciate you, Janet, Gary, Steve Berman, yeah. Columbia, we love y'all man, damn. I'm runnin out of breath and shit. I'm sad this is my last album with Columbia, it's not my fault it's all contractual, but I love the fuck out of y'all, we made relationships there that ain't never going away (Lisa Wiggins!). Ain't never know what the future holds man. We hope we can do business some day. April, thank you very much my baby, Ayelet, you are a legend, we fuckin' love you

CJ same to you man, y'all been killin' this shit for years, thank you man, thank you. Rob Stringer, thank you sir, Joe [?], yes sir. The whole sales team, production, marketing team. My man B Nolan who drove us around in a fuckin' van and a SUV and showed us all about the radio game, man. And we ain't had no hits, all we had was fuckin' "Who Dat." Tryin' figure this shit out man and I figured it out. B Nolan I finally figured it out. I know you like "damn this nigga talking to me", I'm talking to you man. Cause you used to hear us stressin' over this shit, and I finally figured it out man. Don't none of that shit matter yo. I came all this way, all the way from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Went to New York City got this motherfuckin' record deal. Put out some classics, put out some singles. Had my ups, had my downs. Came all this way just to learn one thing man, and only one fuckin' thing matters and that's your happiness. And the only way you gon' get to that happiness is through love, real, geniuine, motherfuckin' love man. Not the fake shit, not the Hollywood shit, not the niggas giving you props so you think you the shit. Not motherfuckers knowing you so you think you famous. Not niggas seeing your whip and they want your whip so you feel good cause they want your whip. Or they want your bitch, so you feel better, fuck that, real love. Where your crib is at nigga where your heart is at, where your home is at, where your mom is at, where your girl is at

Mimi what up! I'm fuckin' up my words, I don't care. How am I not gon' shout out Mimi man, fuck that shit keep the tape rollin'. We still goin'. Wassup man! Forest Hills Drive we gon' do this shit, if you ain't listening to this shit, I don't give a fuck, nigga it's the fuckin' credits. Don't nobody stay for the movie credits anyway man

My Mama OOOOOOOOOOOH, I love you! I'm so grateful, blessed to have you. Still in my life, a lot of people ain't got their mothers in they life still and I recognise that I'm blessed. Mama I love you. Zach I love you. My pops I love you. James Cole I love you, Jackie I love ya. My whole family I love ya. I'm so grateful man, thank y'all. It all came full circle and I had to put this shit out in 2014. We barely made, yo Ib we barely made it nigga. We barely fuckin' made it but we fuckin' made it man. Fuck y'all, but I love y'all at the same time man

Man look, y'all really wanna know who did it? I'm a tell y'all who did this shit man. Man, Dale Earnhardt jr dawg. I'm never gon' forget, this is gonna sound crazy but I'm never gonna forget that shit you told me yo. Forreal Dale Earnhardt jr man, thank you dawg. From the bottom of my heart. That shit you said to me changed my life man. And I ain't never gon' forget, ever forreal. For real Dale, form me to you, you my nigga man, forreal. I love you boy. And Jonah! Oh Jonah Hill! How could I forget Jonah Hill! Yo, that shit you told me when we was in the elevator, nigga that shit changed my... I'm just fuckin' playin', I don't know either one of those two dudes. I don't know either one of them niggas, I was in the moment. I just lied, I don't give a fuck

2014 Forest Hills Drive. Cole World man. Thank y'all for listening. If you made it this far then I really fuck with you. Until the next time, I don't know when that's gonna be but, One love baby!


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J. Cole Note To Self Comments
  1. Kaoo_24429774

    Still the best alblum of all time 😭🌃🎇

  2. Cynthia Ortega

    We love you J.cole. thank you for the music that touched our hearts

  3. Cynthia Ortega

    "Im bored" lol

  4. Yaboizay

    who still listening to this heat in 2020 give it a like

  5. Kyn Kyn

    13:34 my fav part😂

  6. Daniel Carreon

    bumping this all of 2020

  7. Savannah Eason

    This when forever and always be the best album ever made too me!!!!

  8. Carlos Beltran

    2020 we out here!!!

  9. Aaron Garcia

    Such a great experience. Thank you for this amazing album, J. Cole!

  10. Mikazzo Tha' Myztik

    I got a feeling that there's something more

  11. marc khynt natividad

    5:50 I can confirm that

  12. Jasmine Jadee

    I lowkey feel depression sneaking up on me but listening to this is so soothing and calming thank you J Cole 💙

  13. Dulce Garcilazo

    i can hear the whole entire album without no skips. this album still a mf BOP in 2019. about to be 2020 next year. a legendary album fs. 🌍💯❤

  14. Summer Estee

    The credits are the best part...

  15. Anouk Bernard

    Here’s a drinking game take a shot every time he’s says the n word😂

  16. Thabiso Fergus

    It's almost the end of 2019 and this still a brilliant joint 🔥🔥🔥

  17. Osei Lindsay

    "We might go wood" I'm unlived.

  18. Dr Octopus

    Ay man this is like as long as these new Kanye albums LOL

  19. Trey The Spiritual

    I made to the end WASSUP J COLE

  20. Cheswyn Stamboul


  21. OG Playz

    J Cole if you see this your a legend🐐.
    You changed a nigga life.

  22. Jayden Hasley

    At 8:21 who was j Cole talking about?

  23. wandile mpungose

    My nigga elite, elite, elite....warrup? I'm bored 😂😂😂😂

  24. Sean Creveling

    Best outro song ever

  25. Justin Warren

    The longest song ive experienced

  26. Elian Sile

    only credits to ever get a million views...
    this nigga so fucking good his credits gon get a mil damn...

  27. Mikazzo Tha' Myztik

    This song always speaks to me spiritually

  28. damoggio johnson

    Who else still listening to the whole album daily in 2019


    I high key still wanna video for this song👀👀😁😁

  30. peppa

    13:07 Dale Earnhardt Jr

    Who would’ve know 5 years later he’d be in a plane crash

  31. Francis

    So many memories connected to this album.

  32. Shay Diamond

    2019 an still playing this 🤧💯

  33. Lil Bubba

    Listen to when you sleep I sounds soo good

  34. Phillip Ruiz

    2019 still bumping!

  35. Sbukeli Zuma

    2019 Still Rocking this jam. How can i forget Jonah Hill

  36. Atun Random

    Hands down, dopest credits EVER

  37. Fabian Vega

    When I’m successful I’m not going to know how to thank everyone the way Cole just did.

  38. Avery Wright

    I like how j. Cole is so chill

  39. kale

    this reminds me of Kanye last call

  40. evprodstuff

    I've been literally listening to credits for 11 minutes and didn't even realize that, shit sounds so interesting like it's actual lyrics

  41. Danio Mathe

    That moment he said "Joyner Hill" 😂😂😂

  42. Sharavlogs And games

    J cole: i dont give a fuck if we sell 3 copies
    *it went 3x platinum

  43. Jimmy Jon

    This whole album was 2018 anthem for me that the homies..!! Thanks j cole

  44. AyeNeon


  45. William Hernandez

    Note to self
    J. Cole
    2014 forest hills drive

  46. Bugatti Steez

    I love himmmm

  47. Jose P Gonzalez

    This hits harder than in my feelings by drake 💥

  48. Bennymarks.

    This music is amazing

  49. EseKung Foo

    Fucking THANK YOU FOR THIS ALBUM! Somehow I always come back to this album when I need it most. Bless Everyone ❤️👏🏽

  50. lil Mya shearin


  51. lil Mya shearin

    We Love J.Cole🙏🏼💜💜💜💜

  52. small red

    been looking for this for years but only could remember the it dont matter lyrics

  53. Jimmy

    This is honestly my favorite song off the album, it puts me in such a relaxed state of mind.

  54. Shanti Walters

    2019... and I’m still enjoying this art. Damn🔥❤️

  55. Symonne J

    I come back and listen to this on the daily...I'm not sure why

    Sohib Ferhan

    Symonne J same

  56. Josh


  57. Shalona Dorsey

    Awesome... Love it
    I'm so estatic to see and hear musicians who goes takes right way. I love you Cole

  58. William L

    I always listen to this after a milestone passes

  59. dtuc Tuc

    I can’t believe I just found this....
    Note to Self

  60. Joel 2002

    5 years later and I’m re listening the whole album and takes me back j coles music will always give me the best vibe and memories

  61. Lheon MC


  62. SupremeDream _

    This album was a work of art.

  63. Zeke Sosa

    Shout out to those real ones at DREAMVILLE FEST who were there showing all that love to make Cole's vision a reality ❤

  64. ADDY WOE

    10:22 "damn... im running out of breath and shit..."
    *talks for an extra 4 minutes*

  65. EditsPerspectives

    Dude, best credits ever. i listen to this album like twice a day including the credits and its so worth it. uplifts me, y'know.


    They played this instrumental at my high school graduation

    Thomas Watkins

    ASAP ANIME they should have had the credits in the background lol

  67. Sir Josh

    Who’s listening in 2019 👀🔥

  68. Janice Gordon

    Today I listened to this album like ACTUALLY listened and fuck, this is my new favorite artist there's no one else like him and his music and meanings behind his songs are AMAZING

  69. Syphrus Givens

    Best credits ever🥛🔥

  70. Keifer Beatz Snippet's

    12:16 😂😂😂

  71. ArGyProductions

    This album is a life saver for young brothers.

  72. Saucetown CHRIS

    💯❤️2019 I’m still bumpin much love

  73. Karpal Tunal

    Best credits of all time, I swear....

  74. Cuco

    2019 squad wya

  75. Buddy Allen

    The fact that he spent a majority of this song just crediting everyone who helped just amazes me, I have mad respect for this man.

  76. Fame Bound

    Never thought I'd like an outro better than Kanye West- Last Call on College Dropout.. this.... is close.

  77. Fame Bound

    yoooo Dale Earnhardt Junior, you my nigga.... "yoo im lying i never met them people, I was in the moment. Lying" lmao

  78. Big_G Offical

    This whole album makes me reminisce to to my old days

  79. Kid Supreme

    Why didn't I hear this in 2014! Bro its 2019! I need some help! Omg j cole is my fav rapper now. Sadly he retired but hey he gave us a gift that i will NEVER get tired of. He said if u bored get tf out of the movie theater😂

  80. Brian Torres

    Deadass this foo be making the best songs

  81. Bokamoso X

    Don’t shit matter my nigga.... I still love this🔥

  82. Richard Idowu

    Feb 2019 🐐

  83. SteveSucks08

    In 2014, I was 6 yo, all I remember is buying a TMNT watch from Walmart

  84. m0sthatedmichii

    Who’s still bumpin this album in 2019?

    Thurston Lee

    I can’t get this song outta my head. Ooh ooh ooh oooohhhhhh 🎶

    Black Juubi

    I'm in 2020 🤣

  85. Ulises Rodriguez

    Humble 🐐 🐐

  86. GamingWithCJ

    Playing this at my graduation 💯

  87. Mervyna

    This my favorite song ever from Cole. Happy birthday goat.

  88. leon cruz

    I love you ma 🤲

  89. T33GE

    5 years and this shit is still fire 🔥

  90. IAmPlatypus

    The absolute greatest way to cap off an obviously classic album

  91. Meezii 24

    Still one my favorite albums thank you for this 💯

  92. Junior Piedrahita

    “I got a feeling that there’s something more. Something that holds us together something as old as forever” 🤔🤔🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  93. 6LACK LORD

    The beginning of this song, like the beat starts off all slow & shit, kind of reminds me of Kanye West "Runaway" song a little bit, shit is 🔥🔥 🔥 🔥

  94. PansaDeBurro 94

    I almost killed myself to this song 😢

    S N

    Hope you doing ight homie. You got a lot to live fore brotha.

  95. Isaiah Long

    By far best track

  96. Elijah Robbins

    Lupe fiasco anyone ?


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