Aaron Cole was recently on an episode of Pen Game 101 to talk about his album 2 Up 2 Down. One of the album’s tracks “Weapon,” raised eyebrows at a particular directed at CHH veteran da’ T.R.U.T.H.
“My fifteenth birthday, signed to T.R.U.T.H. / They still owe me money, and that’s the truth”
We asked him about it on the show and here’s what he said (condensed):
“I sent it to T.R.U.T.H. before. We talked about it. He wasn’t really with it. I just think for me, for the story’s sake, I had to. I knew the line was whatever. People were going to go crazy…
If it should have happened like it should have happened, maybe I could have bought my mom a house. Maybe I could have paid my aunt back.
…God had grace on me, me getting me out of that situation.
Really what it was about was we make certain decisions because we don’t have patience.
I signed because of T.R.U.T.H. but there’s a whole corporation involved in that.”
Cole said it didn’t affect his signing with Gotee Records. He wanted to sign their first, but TobyMac wanted to hold him until he was 18. The young and hungry artist didn’t want to wait and then went to T.R.U.T.H.
He knows at the end of the day, he wasn’t supposed to be in that situation, but because he wasn’t patient, he set himself up for failure.
“God was teaching me a bunch of things and then Toby called me back” after it went south and took him back.
Watch Aaron Cole Below (2:25 mark):
The whole first verse is about that experience:
My fifteenth birthday, signed to T.R.U.T.H.
They still owe me money, and that’s the truth
God was just teachin’ me how to wait on His time
‘Cause I was rushin’ trigger-happy, thinkin’ I’m losin’ my prime
I still remember the time I signed on the dotted line
My mom’s just looked, and she cried, even my aunt
We was in the kitchen, I’m thinkin’ I’ll pay her back
Fast forward, I ain’t gave her a dime
It really mess with my mind, ’cause I be thinkin’ like
If I deal with my doubt and I was thinkin’ right
Or if I knew I was enough would save me sleepless nights
I’m really leanin’ on Jesus, I’m on my Lincoln Heights
It felt like Bristol Nights
Just dreamin’ ’bout how we gon’ fill out the plan
I’m only halfway there, feel like I just began
But I keep my head up ’cause the kids watchin’
That’s how it’s been since me and Pops was out here drivin’ the van
It’s like that