J. Cole's recently released album 4 Your Eyez Only just went gold in the United States, but that has not stopped him from sharing a new song "High For Hours." The politically charged song comes just in time for Martin Luther King Day.
On the new song released on SoundCloud early this morning or late last night, Cole calls out the country's political landscape, religion and much more. His politically charged lyrics flow over a smooth beat by Elite and Cam O'bi.
He does not waste anytime calling out the hypocrisy that he sees in the morality that many Americans hold dear to their hearts.
"American hypocrisy, oh let me count the ways / They came here seeking freedom and they end up owning slaves / Justified it using what Christianity would say / Religion don't mean shit, there's too much ego in the way / That's why ISIS is a crisis / But in reality this country do the same shit / Take a life and call it righteous," he raps.
As part of the Brothers Keeper Initiative, he was part of a group of rappers and musicians who were able to meet President Barack Obama to talk about ways to mentor young black men in their communities. He talks about that experience and how broken the political system is.
In the end J. Cole seems to have a sort of epiphany, realizing that the sort of action that many have taken through revolutions only leads to the same problems again.
I used to think it was to over throw oppressors / See, if we destroy the system that means we'll have less of greed / But see, it's not that simple," he notes.
However it is all a cycle that corrupts humans into doing what they were trying to prevent.
"Then I realized something that made me wonder if revolution was really ever the way / Before you trip and throw a fit over these words I say / Think about this sh*t for second, you heard the way / The children in abusive households grow up / knocking girlfriends out cold / That's called a cycle," Cole notes.
He continues rapping in the third verse, "Abused becomes the abuser and that how life go/ So understand / Look at the power, but you know what power does to man / Corruption always leads us to the same sh*t again / So when you talk about revolution dawg, I hear just what you saying."
He offers one simple solution that everyone can take away from this song and is poignant on Martin Luther King Day, "What good is taking over, when we know what you gon' do / The only real revolution happens right inside of you."