Watch: J. Cole Admits To "Capping" On Hit Song "100 Mil'" At Rolling Loud


| LAST UPDATE 11/06/2021

By Mahlik Campbell
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Many fans gravitate to J. Cole not only for his ambition but for his honest and relatable raps. But he admitted he exaggerated the truth on this track…

J. Cole headlined Rolling Loud NYC recently despite huge waves of rain pouring down on him and his fans. As he was about to jump into "1 0 0 . m i l '" featuring Dreamville's Bas, Cole took a moment to clarify the song's lyrics, which flex his status as an extremely wealthy musician.

"It's a very big quantity of cap in this next song, I ain't gon' lie. I'm doing a lot of capping in this next song," Cole said about "1 0 0 . m i l '." (Cap is another word for lying.) "It's a lot of exaggeration of the truth," he added, before then explaining the real meaning behind the track.

"But the spirit of this song, the message behind this muthaf****n' song is one-hundred percent true. It don't matter how f****n' high you get in this life, how successful you become, how much money you make.

"Don't lose that f****n' hunger, that drive, that passion for that s**t that you got there in the first f****n' place, New York City. Don't do it!"

The chorus for "1 0 0 . m i l '" summarizes this idea: "One hundred mil' and I'm still on the grind!" The "cap" J. Cole referred to earlier likely has something to do with that $100 million he suggests he's worth. The 36-year-old's reported net worth is closer to $60 million.

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However, J. Cole also understands the dark side of nonstop hunger and always striving for more. During a 2017 interview with Angie Martinez, Cole discussed how judging success based on things like money, cars or women can lead one down an unfulfilling path where they'll "never have enough."

Still, Cole is keeping his foot on the gas. He sneaks in a few light bars on the latter half of Travis Scott's new single "Mafia," though he's not listed as a feature. It's their second collaboration since 2019's "The London" with Young Thug, which peaked at #12 on the Hot 100.