J. Cole’s “MIDDLE CHILD” marked his first release of 2019, reuniting the North Carolina MC with producer T-Minus. On the track, Cole explores his place between the old and new generations of hip-hop, making him the “middle child” of rap. The song samples “Wake Up to Me” by ‘70s Philadelphia trio First Choice, and is the Dreamville boss’ highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 hit to date, peaking at No. 4 on the chart. T-Minus recently sat down with Genius to break down how “MIDDLE CHILD” was made.