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'It's a Cole World' NBA 2K23 Quest Guide: How to Complete

Here's a breakdown of how to complete the "It's a Cole World" questline in NBA 2K23 MyCAREER on Next Gen.
Here's a breakdown of how to complete the "It's a Cole World" questline in NBA 2K23 MyCAREER on Next Gen. / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

The "It's a Cole World" quest in NBA 2K23 is one that just about all those on Next Gen will want to complete in MyCAREER.

As hinted by 2K days before launch, Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum hip-hop artist J. Cole and Dreamville are prominently featured in NBA 2K23 with this quest. Along the way, however, players are tested to impress folks from all across The City with more than just their basketball skills, with music trivia and battle rap segments that have multiple dialogue options to choose from.

Here's a breakdown of how to complete the "It's a Cole World" questline in NBA 2K23 MyCAREER on Next Gen.

'It's a Cole World' NBA 2K23 Quest Guide: How to Complete

Talk to Marvin Castleberry at Erick's Vinyl about PhD Monk

Talk to Marvin Castleberry at Erick's Vinyl about PhD Monk
Talk to Marvin Castleberry at Erick's Vinyl about PhD Monk / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

Here are the music trivia answers:

  • "Truth Hurts" was a number one smash for which artist?: Lizzo
  • Which group of rock royalty insists that they will rock you?: Queen
  • In their hit 1992 track, which did Pete Rock and CL Smooth "do over you?": They reminisce over you

Head to the spot on the map where rappers hang out

Head to the spot on the map where rappers hang out
Head to the spot on the map where rappers hang out / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

Here are the rap lines needed to complete this part:

  • I got lockdown defense so don’t try to get mental
  • Check ya I’m with the extras, I’m eurostepping and flexing
  • I’ll break your ankles and probably fix that wart in your foot
  • You don’t have a lift pass you not supposed to ski here
  • End your career, throw a party on your own dime
  • I heard you’re sleeping on me with your stuffed toy Piggie Smalls?

Talk to whoever you can find about PhD Monk

Talk to whoever you can find about PhD Monk
Talk to whoever you can find about PhD Monk / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

Here are the rap lines needed to complete this part:

  • Got a little shine now you think you hotter than ovens
  • You are not the type that these other playas are idolize
  • And if you’re hoopin, you’re doo doo I’m poop scoopin’
  • Hope it doesn’t rain, since I caved the roof in
  • I’mma pull up in your face like I know your addy
  • I know you seen me skate I got nothin’ but decks

Head to Dreamer Court to record sounds for PhD Monk

Head to Dreamer Court to record sounds for PhD Monk
Head to Dreamer Court to record sounds for PhD Monk / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

At this point, players simply need to win the 3v3 pickup game with J. Cole. Fear not if you lose, as you can replay the game as many times as needed in order to clear it.

Bring the sounds you recorded back to PhD Monk

Bring the sounds you recorded back to PhD Monk
Bring the sounds you recorded back to PhD Monk / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

Here are the rap lines needed to complete this part:

  • Whenever, wherever. Soon as I tough the leather
  • Like your kindergarten teacher, I’m giving L’s for free
  • And I’mma take the rock like I went in that man’s wallet
  • Crazy how he laced up for the wall of shame
  • And don’t mumble it’s a concrete jungle
  • I call a iso, then I put the icing on
  • Take off from a free throw, take off the durag
  • Cross-over, half-spin, hit ’em with the hop skip
  • How you gonna stop this nah how you gonna top this?
  • 2K, who you’re dealing with? You know I’m a savage
  • The rock ain’t safe, I’ll take the money out your dresser
  • You know who I am I’m a national treasure

Meet Bas at Dreamville

Meet Bas at Dreamville
Meet Bas at Dreamville / Image courtesy of 2K/Screenshot: Ralston Dacanay

Here are the rap lines needed to complete this part:

  • Leave em frozen when I pull up for the jumper
  • It’s the playoffs, play y’all? Y’all beginners
  • My arm in the rim look at shorty below
  • Like Dr. J’s afro you getting blowed out
  • "Smile for the camera" chill? Yeah, no doubt
  • This that rolling down the window on the flight feel…NEXT!

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