Jermaine Lamarr Cole plus connu sous son nom de scène J. Cole est un rappeur et producteur américain. Il se fait connaître du grand public par le biais de sa signature sur le label Roc Nation de Jay-Z. Son premier album Cole World: The Sideline Story est sorti le 27 septembre 2011.
J. Cole believes that shallow, materialistic “L.A. hoes” got that way because their only role models were talentless reality TV stars. But Cole also had no role models growing up, so what does that make him? A conflicted man who indulges in empty lust even though he knows it doesn’t make him happy.
“No Role Modelz” was already a fan favorite on Cole’s tour before being released as the fourth single from his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The “fuck Hollywood” theme of the album, which traces his own rise and response to fame, is particularly clear in this song’s lyrics.
The song’s hook interpolates Project Pat’s 2001 hit “Don’t Save Her,” and the track was produced by Phonix Beats and J. Cole. A clip of a speech by President George W. Bush is featured in an interlude before the song’s bridge.