A SWAT team raid on his studio earlier this year inspired rapper J. Cole to write his new song “Neighbors.”
Producer Elite reveals the “Lights Please” hitmaker’s Dreamville studio in North Carolina became the target of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) officials back in March, after they received a tip off from local residents reportedly convinced Cole was running a drug operation from the building.
The hip-hop star and his team weren’t present at the time of the raid, as they were in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest festival, but they soon discovered what had gone down.
J. Cole has yet to discuss the incident in public, but he makes reference to it in the hook of “Neighbors,” which features on his new album 4 Your Eyez Only and was recorded in the same studio cops raided.
On the track, he raps, “I guess the neighbors think I’m sellin’ dope…”
Elite, who works for Cole’s Dreamville Records label, admits he was stunned when he first heard the news, blaming conservative locals for going too far.