J. Cole recently sat down with Muve Music Sessions in the second part of its series, explaining the creation of a few of his tracks. During the interview, the Roc Nation rapper branded “Lost Ones” as one of his favorite tracks, stating how he understands the effect it has on fans and the inspiration for the song.

“‘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,” he said. “This is a scene that happens everyday in America. When the idea came to me, it was because of something personal that was going on. Not even with me… With a very close friend of mine. So it gave me the idea to write that song.”

Watch the full interview below, where he also speaks on how “Work Out” was inspired by Kanye West’s “The New Workout Plan,” “God’s Gift” and “Rise and Shine.”




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