Middle Child Is Exactly What Cole Needs Right Now


Ever since K.O.D. dropped, it seems everyone wants to bash Cole for trying to put his own twist on the new-school while at the same time dropping the knowledge of the old school.

There’s been Twitter rumblings, more than ever as of late, debating whether or not J. Cole needs to start thinking about retirement, or if he actually has the credibility to give advice to younger rappers like he does to Lil Pump on “1985 (Intro to “The Fall Off”)”.


With his newest single coming as a bit of a teaser to the highly anticipated “Revenge of the Dreamers III” project, Cole addresses the rumblings questioning his status, proving he still has a read on the pulse of the game and his career.

“Middle Child” is a perfect description of where Cole is in the game, and where he wants to be. Cole doesn’t hide the metaphor he’s making, as he spits a revealing few lines.


I'm dead in the middle of two generations

I'm little bro and big bro all at once

Just left the lab with young 21 Savage

I'm 'bout to go and meet Jigga for lunch


For everyone who believes Cole is too young to have the credibility of an old-head, and for everyone who thinks Cole’s too old to try his hand with new styles and rappers, you’re both wrong.


Cole can’t be an old-head and he can’t be an up-and-comer anymore. Simple as that, he’s between two generations and just because he wants to try some things that people haven’t done before, like I don’t know, rapping conscious bars over new-school synthetic beats and creating entendres with common terms to point out flaws in the game, doesn’t mean he can’t.


Not only is Cole stuck between two generations, but he’s stuck in the middle of types of content — whether he should be preachy and assert his knowledge or spit mindless metaphors over catchy beats, whether to play into new styles of sound or the old.


The kid from the Ville is doing something rap hasn’t seen before through the statement he’s made with Middle Child — to stay in the middle, accept where he’s presently at and try and do things rap hasn’t really seen yet.


So for everyone who’s hating on Cole’s musical and personal growth and what both of those have done to and for his career, sit back with the rest of us Cole stans and relax, so that we can be entertained by the development of such an undeniably influential artist.


Cole’s just embracing a role that rap has never seen before. A two-sided culmination of human nature, Cole and his music reflect the nickname he’s given himself with his latest single.

Introducing the game’s first Middle Child.

Written by Thomas Herron