A SWAT team raid on his studio earlier this year (16) inspired rapper J. Cole to write his new song Neighbors.
Producer Elite reveals the Lights Please hitmaker's Dreamville studio in North Carolina became the target of Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) officials back in March (16), after they received a tip off from local residents reportedly convinced Cole was running a drug operation from the building.
The hip-hop star and his team weren't present at the time of the raid, as they were in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest festival, but they soon discovered what had gone down.
"One of the neighbours told the police we were growing weed or selling drugs out of this house," Elite told Complex. "There was a huge investigation, like a million-dollar investigation. They flew helicopters over, sent an entire SWAT team armed with weapons, broke down the door and searched the whole house.
"They go downstairs and all they see is a studio, and obviously they felt stupid."
Cole has yet to discuss the incident in public, but he makes reference to it in the hook of Neighbors, which features on his new album 4 Your Eyez Only and was recorded in the same studio cops raided.
On the track, he raps, "I guess the neighbours think I'm sellin' dope..."
Elite, who works for Cole's Dreamville Records label, admits he was stunned when he first heard the news, blaming conservative locals for going too far.
He continued, "It's just crazy ironic because out of anybody, they picked the wrong person. J. Cole is the last person to do anything like that. He's out here doing extremely positive things for the community and for young artists. Because of obvious racism from the neighbours, the police were called and a raid took place."