J. Cole’s “Neighbors” Beat Is A Flip Of “Forbidden Fruit” In Reverse

blame it on Meka July 10, 2017

Much like how “Deja Vu” and “Exchange” had “aural similarities,” J. Cole admitted to copying himself while on stage.

During his 4 Your Eyez Only Tour stop in Anaheim, CA, Cole revealed that the beat for “Neighbors” — the song which described when the studio Cole had rented was raided by a SWAT team, after complaints from (white) neighbors thinking that the residence was instead being used as a trap house (because, Black people kept coming in and out of it) — was previously used for “Forbidden Fruit,” Cole’s 2013 Born Sinner track with Kendrick Lamar… but in reverse.

Former 92.3 radio personality and current Genius News contributor Letty captured the moment:

Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only Tour continues on throughout the entire 2017.