After posting pictures of famous middle children throughout media history (like Michael Jordan, Britney Spears and Lisa Simpson to name a few), J. Cole dropped his latest song “Middle Child” on streaming services on Wednesday (Jan. 23).
The over three-minute song was produced by T-Minus, who previously linked up with the KOD rapper on the songs “Kevin’s Heart” and 6LACK‘s “Pretty Little Fears.” Those who attended the high-profile Dreamville Sessions got to hear the new song before the public, including producer Illmind, who wrote “U know what? I don’t even have words…I’ll just leave this here,” with the mind-blown emoji to end off his tweet.
Heard “MIDDLE CHILD” at the Dreamville sessions and trust when I say……….
U know what? I don’t even have words…
I’ll just leave this here -> 🤯
— !llmindPutTheLoopOn (@illmindPRODUCER) January 22, 2019
The track features trumpets in the production, and features the North Carolinian spitting lessons to the younger set of MCs as well as some choice words for the older rappers in the game. While he may not be the middle child in his family, the term “middle child” here appears to be a metaphor.
“To act like two legends cannot coexist, But I never beef with a ni**a for nothin’,” he raps. “…If I smoke a rapper, it’s gon’ be legit, It won’t be for clout, it won’t be for fame…”
What do you think about the new track? Let us know in the comments after listening to the song below.
🐐 MIDDLE pic.twitter.com/8GNUDbQJZE
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 24, 2019