Album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)
Charted: 58
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  • This song finds Cole reflecting on some of the mistakes he's made during his life that have ruined some of his most valuable relationships. The rapper acknowledges that he hasn't been the best servant, but he remains faithful to God and knows that his mom has 'apparently' always been rooting for him.
  • A guilty Cole apologizes in the first verse to his mom, Kay Cole, for leaving her to deal with foreclosure at his childhood home, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, in North Carolina, while he was away chasing girls and partying at New York's St. John's University. Eventually, in June 2014 Cole purchased the house back and renovated it to look exactly how it did when he lived there.
  • This was released as the first single from Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP. Despite being released late in the year on December 9th, it was the best-selling rap album of 2014 in the US.


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