Motiv8

Album: KOD (2018)
Charted: 15
Play Video

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."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Artis the Spoonman

Artis the SpoonmanSong Writing

Even before Soundgarden wrote a song about him, Artis was the most famous spoon player of all time. So why has he always been broke?

Shawn Mullins

Shawn MullinsSongwriter Interviews

"Lullaby" singer Shawn Mullins on "Beautiful Wreck," beating the Devil, and his writing credit on the Zac Brown Band song "Toes."

Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of StryperSongwriter Interviews

Find out how God and glam metal go together from the Stryper frontman.

Chris Frantz of Talking Heads

Chris Frantz of Talking HeadsSongwriter Interviews

Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz on where the term "new wave" originated, the story of "Naive Melody," and why they never recorded another cover song after "Take Me To The River."

Who Wrote That Song?

Who Wrote That Song?Music Quiz

Do you know who wrote Patti Smith's biggest hit? How about the Grease theme song? See if you can match the song to the writer.

James Bond Theme Songs

James Bond Theme SongsMusic Quiz

How well do you know the 007 theme songs?