Motiv8

Album: KOD (2018)
Charted: 15

Songfacts®:

  • Like the KOD track "ATM," "Motiv8" finds J. Cole focusing on his relationship with money. In this instance, it's about the motivation to accumulate cash.

    Too many times I swallowed my pride
    Get money
    I'm crackin' a smile, I'm dyin' inside
    My demons are close, I'm tryin' to hide


    The addiction to chasing money ties in with the theme running throughout KOD of the various coping mechanisms we use as an escape from our traumas.
  • The song features a recurring sample of Lil Kim's hook from Junior Mafia's 1994 track "Get Money."

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