Who Dat (J. Cole song)

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"Who Dat"
Single by J. Cole
from the album Cole World: The Sideline Story
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(s) J. Cole, Elite
J. Cole singles chronology
"All I Want Is You"
"Who Dat"
"A Star Is Born"

"Who Dat" is a song by the 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 be the lead single from Cole's first 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[edit]

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 said, "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 first 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[edit]

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 removed 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[edit]

On September 7, 2011, a remix was released titled "Who Datt Pt. 2" featuring Spencer Datt (SD) and Childish Gambino.[6] The song appears on the Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg's mixtape What's Poppin' Volume One.[7][8] Rosenberg revealed on his website that Spencer Datt, an aspiring rapper, was his brother-in-law who had died in a car crash, a month after he proposed to his sister. Rosenberg put the remix together in his honor and persuaded two of Datt's favorite rappers J. Cole and Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino to record new verses for him.

Chart performance[edit]

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

Release history[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Andre 3000 Keeps It Real: 'No Plans for Another OutKast Album'". Vibe. February 28, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The Vibe.com Cover Story: J. Cole – '[The Girls] Scream And Go Crazy Like I'm Drake'". Vibe. May 18, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ahmed, Insanul (September 27, 2011). "The Making of J. Cole's 'Cole World: The Sideline Story' – 'Who Dat'". Complex. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Brian; De Vault, Jessica (May 27, 2010). "J. Cole is true to his roots". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Reid, Sarah A.; Hixenbaugh, Mike (June 29, 2010). "FSU chancellor angered over cheerleaders in explicit rap video". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "J. Cole · Who Dat Part 2 (ft. SD & Childish Gambino)". September 6, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (September 8, 2011). "Peter Rosenberg's What's Poppin' Vol. 1 Takes The New York Hip-Hop Scene's Pulse". Blogs.villagevoice.com. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Martin, Andrew. "Peter Rosenberg – What's Poppin' Vol. 1 F. Danny Brown, STS, Raekwon, Skyzoo, Tyler, The Creator [Mixtape". Potholesinmyblog.com. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ "J. Cole – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for J. Cole. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  10. ^ "J. Cole – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for J. Cole. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "J. Cole – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for J. Cole. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  12. ^ "Going For Adds: Urban (Week Of: May 31, 2010)". Radio & Records. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Who Dat [Explicit]: J. Cole". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 

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