Last year, North Carolina rapper J. Cole home studio was raided by SWAT after neighbors reportedly told police the house was a hub in which drugs were either being grown or distributed.
The rapper provided video proof of the raid, which inspired his song “Neighbors,” last night on his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary that aired on HBO. Cole’s producer, Elite, also confirmed the events during a 2016 interview with Complex.
They flew helicopters over, sent an entire SWAT team armed with weapons, broke down the door and searched the whole house,” he said. “They go downstairs and all they see is a studio, and obviously they felt stupid.
J. Cole addressed the racist views of those in his community on the song, rapping, “Black in a white man territory / Cops bust in with the army guns / No evidence of the harm we done / Just a couple neighbors that assume we slang / Only time they see us we be on the news, in chains.”
According to Elite, the raid took place during the SXSW festival, a time when the house was empty.