American stock car racing driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. gets a surprising shout out:Man, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., dawg. I'm never gon' forget, this is gonna sound crazy but I'm never gonna forget that s--t you told me, yo.
For, real, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., man, thank you, dawg. From the bottom of my heart.
That s--t you said to me changed my life man.
And I ain't never gon' forget, ever for real.
For real Dale, form me to you, you my n—a man, for real. I love you boy.
A few seconds later, Cole claims his thanking of the racing star is an elaborate joke, as he was caught up in the moment. However the decision to namecheck Earnhardt wasn't a random one. "There was an interview Dale Jr. did that asked him what he plays before races, and he said 'J. Cole "Power Trip
,"' which freaked me out!" Cole told ESPN the Magazine
. "What is Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing playing my s--t? How did he even find out about it? You don't think somebody on that level would ever hear your stuff. From there, I never forgot. I was always like, 'Yo, I ride with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'"