J. Cole has always been comfortable with expressing his thoughts in his career. He has joined protests for Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, written songs about social injustice, and how he let Nas down. On "Apparently," from his newest album, J. Cole goes from past to present from his first to second verse. He explains his move to New York City to launch his rap career while his mom lost their house to a foreclosure. And now he's waking up in different time zones. Apparently, he hasn't forgotten his past while he enjoys his present situation.