The new track hears her paying tribute to rap’s fallen stars, with an assist from the Dipset capo courtesy of an old Rap Radar podcast clip in which he can be heard discussing the perils of being a Hip Hop artist.
“Being a rap artist is the most dangerous job in the world,” Jones is heard saying while Lola repeats the hook. “It’s more dangerous than going to war in Iraq. You don’t know who’s who. People can get right up on you and try and do something to you. How many times you heard rappers talk about they shot up the stu?”
Elsewhere, Lola Brooke name drops a few of Hip Hop’s most recent losses, spitting: “How could you kill Pop Smoke? How could you kill PnB?/ How could you kill Chinx Drugz, King Von, MO3? How could you kill Drakeo the Ruler?/ Should be worried how they lose you/ XXX, Nipsey, both died from a shooter/ They say the most dangerous job is for the rappers/ We don’t never see it comin’, we use strategies for after/ That shit backwards, God bless all the rappers.”
Earlier this month, he shared an old magazine article featuring a photo of his younger self in tight (by the standards of the time) but oversized jeans, a skull belt buckle, and a leather jacket — very similar to what many artists of today wear. This fact, Jim said, was due to his influence.
“20 years ago I been on it just incase u don’t know why u on it now I caused a shift in th rap fashion thts even more prevalent now tht it was when we started it #RapRockStar skull & bone lifestyle @thejuelzsantana,” he wrote in the caption.
He also revealed that his sartorial choices had a deeper meaning.
“The Skull represents all of our falling soldiers SIP The Chain gang(wallet chain) represents all of our soldiers locked up POW Just incase u didn’t know th true definition of wht ur representing when u got tht fly sh!t on Stay fly my friends.”
As for Lola Brooke, she also recently discovered that she had a fan in Taraji P. Henson.
Last month, the acclaimed actress was asked about the line while in the UK talking to BBC 1xtra’s Nadia Jae recently, and she was quick to gush about how much she loves the pint-sized Brooklyn raptress.
“I was just scrolling and, you know, I’m a hip-hop head and I love female MCs and I always post them,” Taraji began. “I knew about Lola because I’ve seen the award ceremonies. I love the song. And I love her voice; it’s nostalgic for me. She reminds me of the female MCs back in the day – Lil Kim, Foxy Brown. She has that tone. And I was like, ‘Who is like young girl?’
“So I’ve been watching her and then she dropped that song and I was scrolling and I was like, ‘Wait! What did she say?!’ And she didn’t say [my Baby Boy character name] Yvette – she said my name!
“And so I reposted it and she reached out to me in the DM and she was like, ‘Oh wow, oh my God. You’re so iconic. This means so much to me!’ I said, ‘Baby girl, just keep doing it. I got you. I’m a fan!’”