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J. Cole calls out America’s hypocrisy on new politically-charged song “High For Hours” — listen

on January 16, 2017, 10:30am

Photo by Ben Kaye

4 Your Eyez Only has gone gold in just a month’s time, but J. Cole is far from finished rolling out new music this winter. Today, the North Carolina rapper returns with a fresh track called “High For Hours”.

Over a sleek production provided by Elite & Cam O’bi, Cole wastes no time taking a swipe at the country’s political landscape, which he believes has become increasingly two-faced and merciless:

“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”

He also launches into a criticism of the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the way in which many proudly lauded the taking of a life:

“That’s why ISIS is a crisis
But in reality this country do the same shit, take a life and call it righteous
Remember when Bin Laden got killed, supposedly
In a hotel lobby after a show
Was noticing these white ladies watching CNN covering the action
They read the headline and then they all started clapping
As if LeBron has just scored a basket at the buzzer
I stood there for a second watch them high five each other
For real? I though this was thou shalt not kill”

Stream Cole’s pointed cut below.

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