Listen: J. Cole finds his place in hip-hop on new single 'Middle Child'
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Hip-hop star J. Cole premiered his new single "Middle Child" on Jan. 23. He reflects on the state of the genre.

"Middle Child" is J. Cole's first new single since dropping last year's KOD album. Earlier this month, he pulled together an ambitious recording session with his Dreamville roster for the upcoming compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III. No word yet if "Middle Child" is attached to that project.

"Middle Child" was written and produced by J. Cole alongside frequent Drake collaborator T-Minus. Triumphant hip-hop beats with a trap music twist back Cole going off about finding his place in the genre today. "I'm dead in the middle of two generations / I'm little bro and big bro all at once," he says before name-checking 21 Savage and Jay-Z as the hallmarks of classic and current rap. "I'm the greatest now," Cole spits on this swaggering comeback track that's heralding Dreamville season.

J. Cole's "Middle Child" is now available on iTunes and Apple Music. Dreamville's Revenge of the Dreamers III album is due out later this year.