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Check Out: J. Cole – “Return of Simba”

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The Lion King hit cinemas on July 14, 1994. That would’ve made J. Cole nine-years-old when he – much like almost every other twenty-something these days – first fell under the spell of the Disney classic, and while most in his generation are probably content with their imitations of Ed the Hyena, the Roc Nation MC has taken his tribute a step further and released a brand new song titled “The Return of Simba”.

Miss Info posted the track late last night, and the four-minute cut opens with a sample from the flick before Cole spits rhymes about a myriad of things including having a Jewish jeweler, driving across Jamaica with Jay-Z, and longevity in the game. The song features production from Connecticut’s Elite – who has worked with the likes of DMX, Jadakiss, and Nas – and is presumably the last J. Cole track that we’ll hear before he finally releases the first single from his long-awaited debut LP.

Speaking at a press conference for this year’s BET Awards, he explained that there would be “no more hold up” on the still-untitled album. The Boombox has also pointed out that the album’s first single has a “summertime” vibe, and that Cole understands the frustrations of fans that have been waiting for the album. “I know my fans are frustrated,” he said, “[the album] is coming soon, and it’s really true – we’re in the final stages now.” Hell, he even acknowledges the delay on “Simba”. “I only make classics/now what that take –timing,” he raps at the end of the song, “Cole under pressure/now what that make – diamonds.”

Only time will tell, but fans can stream the new song below. They can also catch Cole on tour with Rihanna and Cee-Lo this summer, as well as at the Bonnaroo and Wireless music festivals.

Check Out:
“Return of Simba”

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