J. Cole's Born Sinner features some very personal moments for the North Carolina emcee. One of those moments is the song called "Let Nas Down," where Cole talks about how Nas was disappointed with "Work Out," the lead single off his debut Cole World: A Sideline Story. According to the story, a few days after "Work Out" came out, No I.D. called J. Cole to inform him that Nas had heard the song and was not feeling it at all, expecting more out of him. Cole uses "Let Nas Down" to express the emotions that ran through his mind when he found out about Nas's critique, saying "Long live the idols may they never be your rivals."