Who Dat (J. Cole song)

Who Dat (J. Cole song)

"Who Dat"
J. Cole
Released May 31, 2010
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:58
Label Roc Nation, Columbia
Writer(s) Jermaine Cole, André Benjamin, Antwan Patton, Patrick Brown, Anthony Parrino
Producer J. Cole, Elite
J. Cole singles chronology

"All I Want Is You"
"Who Dat"
"A Star Is Born"

"Who Dat" is a song by American hip hop recording artist J. Cole. It was released as a single in the United States on May 31, 2010. Despite initially being meant to serve as the lead single from Cole's debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011), "Who Dat" was ultimately cut from the album's standard track listing. It does, however, appear as a bonus track on the iTunes edition of the album.

Background and composition

Produced by J. Cole and Elite, "Who Dat" contains samples of "Godofallofus" as performed by New Hope and a line from "SpottieOttieDopalicious" by Outkast, in which André 3000 raps "Now who else wanna fuck with Hollywood Courts?".[1] Explaining why he chose "Who Dat" to be his first single, Cole stated: "It's really about the beat and the raps and not much more. It's an introduction to those that were unfamiliar and also something for my fans to brag about as opposed to hearing it on the radio and being like 'Ehhh.'"[2] He also described the song as "raw" and stated that it reminded him of his older sound.[2] While the song does not appear as a standard track on his debut studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011), Cole kept the song as a bonus track because "[it] connects the past two years to everything."[3]

Music video

The music video for "Who Dat" was directed by BBGun – a duo composed of Maxim Bohichik and Alex Bergman – and shot in J. Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina during the final week of May 2010.[4] The video is one continuous shot of Cole walking, surrounded by local college cheerleaders from Fayetteville State University and the E. E. Smith High School high school marching band.[5] Fayetteville State University took objection to the song's profane and sexually explicit lyrics and attempted to have the video pulled from the Internet and major music networks.[5] School superintendent Frank Till, Jr. stated: "I think it shows the school and the city in a negative light. I think it was a legitimate mistake on the school's part. We don't allow that kind of language in our school. Why would we allow our students to do something like this?"[5]

Who Datt Pt. 2

On September 7, 2011 a a.k.a Childish Gambino to record new verses for him.

Chart performance

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 93
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 32
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[11] 19

Release history

Country Date Format Label
United States May 31, 2010 Urban contemporary radio[12] Roc Nation, Columbia
June 8, 2010 Digital download[13]


External links

  • Official website