Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs You Need To Hear

Sad J. Cole Songs

Top 10 Depressing/Sad J. Cole Songs. What made J. Cole into the rap star he is today wasn’t Forest Hill Drive nor Born Sinner. If was the music he was making around The Warm up and Friday Night Lights that connected so well with the listener and helped build his dedicated and hardcore fanbase. J. Cole is such a relatable artist and he speaks for millions across the globe.  In celebration of his new album KOD, we take a look at the Top 10 depressing and Sad J. Cole Songs. Sad J. Cole Songs.



J. Cole – Love Yourz


Artist: J. Cole

Album: Forest Hills Drive

Song Release Date: February 27, 2014

Length:  3:31

Starting off our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list is Love Yourz.  Love Yourz may be an uplifting song, but it is also a sad and touching song. Rappers have constantly put out images of them living the high life, showcasing their cars, women, clothes, jewellery which can not only make listeners envious but also upset with how much their lives pale in comparison to them. However, J. Cole tells us to love ours, be grateful for what you have, although it may not be a lot, things will get better. Cole was once in your position and envied rappers lifestyles and their material possessions. But now that he is a rapper, Cole realises that the most important things in life are love and your own internal happiness. There is no such thing as a life that is better than yours and he couldn’t be more right. Love Yourz deserves to on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.



J Cole – Apparently 


Artist: J. Cole

Album: Forest Hills Drive

Song Release Date: December 9, 2014

Length:  4:53

On Apparently J. Cole looks back on the decisions he’s made in his life and tries to make them right. He apologizes to his Mother for being selfish and self-centred, forgetting to check up on her wellbeing while at university. He admits that he was too busy chasing women and that made him forget about his mum. He thanks his girlfriend for sticking with him despite admitting to cheating on her a number of times.  It’s a song that shows a vulnerable J. Cole who admits that he isn’t perfect, that he’s made so many mistakes and still people continue to forgive and stand by him. Apparently deserves to be on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.

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J. Cole Feat. Omen


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  Friday Night Lights

Song Release Date: November 12, 2010

Length:  4:11



J. Cole – Losing My Balance


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  The Warm Up

Song Release Date: June 15, 2009

Length:  4:16

Cole is an excellent storyteller, comfortably one of the best in his generation and Losing My Balance is a great example of it. The first verse is simply about a girl who will do anything to be accepted. Everything about her is fake such as her nails, hair, eyelashes and most importantly her smile. She also doesn’t respect her body, she allows many men to sleep with her and beat the shit of her. This verse shows what many women are going through in today’s society, they wear fake shit because of societal pressure and sleep around because they have no self-worth. The second verse deals with the city J. Cole grew up in, North Carolina and the injustice that happens within it. He mentions police corruption and the deliberate mass incarceration of black men and the system that hold them down. The third verse is vintage Cole and is about a girl Cole has a crush on who seems like the most perfect girl he has ever met. He describes her as brown skin, with a thin waist and slim face. Perhaps he’s referring to his wife here. Losing My Balance deserves to on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.



J. Cole – Can’t Cry 


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  The Come Up

Song Release Date: May 4, 2007

Length:  4:17

On Can’t cry J Cole raps about the struggles of growing up and living in the hoods of North Carolina. He’s angry at the things that go on there. Black on black crime, theft, rape and murder, but ultimately, he feels so weak and powerless as there is nothing he can do to stop those acts from happening. He recognises that these men and women have grown up in vile environments, but tells them to look at his own success story. The hood isn’t the end all, be all, there are far better things than it.  Can’t cry deserves to be on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.

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J. Cole – Can I live 


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  The Warm Up

Song Release Date: June 15, 2009

Length: 3:21

When J. Cole was an up and coming rapper, sad songs filled his catalogue and Can I live was no different. This track is mostly a flashback to his younger years where he was young, broke and did some things that he wouldn’t be proud off today. Can I Live deserves to be on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.



J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only 


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  4 Your Eyez Only

Song Release Date: December 9, 2016

Length: 3:14

The album 4 Your Eyez Only was a snoozefest and an average follow up his magnum opus Forest Hills Drive. Despite this, the song 4 Your Eyes Only stood out not only for its storytelling but for its emotional connection to the listener.  The song is a heartfelt message to J. Cole’s then-newborn daughter and recounts old memories for the daughter of James McMillian, Jr, a childhood friend of Cole who is referenced throughout the album. Cole narrates the life story of James, who got caught up in bad things and tries to get out that world. It was futile, James dies and Cole got out of the mean streets instead. 4 Your Eyez Only deserves to be on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.



J. Cole Feat. Omen & Voli – Pity


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  Any Given Sunday #1

Song Release Date: July 31, 2011

Length: 4:48

On Pity, J. Cole, Voli and Omen seem to be having a deep conversation with God.  Is this the life you chose for me is the hard-hitting chorus that question God’s apparent plan for them. However, they’re not happy with his plan for them. They blame God for a rolling a bad dice for them and for the messed up conditions that they and others are living in. Pity deserves to be on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.



J. Cole – Breakdown 


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Artist: J. Cole

Album:  Cole World: The Sideline Story

Song Release Date: September 11, 2011

Length: 4:51

Breakdown is J. Cole’s most personal song. It tells the story of different events in J. Cole’s life that caused him to breakdown. The first verse details his relationship between him and his estranged father. He meets his father in a long time and tears pouring down his eyes was what followed after. His father wasn’t in his life for a long time and he just broke down.  Now, after interacting with his father, Cole realizes that is father could have helped him avoid the hardships he dealt with in being a young black man by being in his life. The song carries on with a story about a relationship between a man serving time in prison and his girlfriend. His girlfriend on the outside tries to remain faithful but is becoming impatient and lonely and her mother is pressuring her to find another man.  Breakdown deserves to be on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.



J. Cole – Lost Ones


Artist: J. Cole

Album:  Cole World: The Sideline Story

Song Release Date: September 27, 2011

Length: 4:34

Lost Ones is J.Cole’s saddest song. It is an expressive conversation between a Male and female couple who’ve just found out that the female in the relationship is pregnant. The song explores the raw emotion and thoughts that follow this shocking disclosure.  J Cole said this: “ Lost Ones,” that’s one of my favorite songs. Because obviously, when you listen to it, it’s super emotional, super deep. I feel like my favorite records of my own are my favorite because they really hit your heart or I know the impact it’ll have on people. This is a scene that happens every day in America.” The last line rings true. Teen pregnancy is an issue in America and this song offers a useful insight. Lost Ones deserves to be number one on our Top 10 Sad J. Cole Songs list.

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