“I can’t really see myself with a 9-5 career in any life.” – J. Cole [Interview]
Fayetteville, NC – HipHopCanada’s Central Regional Editor, Jonathon “Bizz” Brown, caught up with Roc Nation artist J. Cole to discuss his newly released, internet-service disrupting project Friday Night Lights and a range of other topics. To coincide with J. Cole’s live performance in Toronto on Friday, December 3rd, we’ll be releasing small segments of the dope interview every 2-3 days leading up to the release of the entire interview on the morning of the show. This is the J. Cole HipHopCanada Exclusive (Part 3 of 6). If you haven’t downloaded Friday Night Lights yet you need to check what all the hype is about… click the jump to download it.
HipHopCanada: You said in an interview with Iluvlola.net that at 15, something clicked for you. You went from just making “I’m better than you” raps to telling stories and speaking about real issues in your life. What was going on in your life around 15 years old?
J. Cole: I was just learning. I had mentors who were making songs. They were older than me, they were the best rappers in Fayetteville and they made their own beats too – named Bomb Shelter. And I kind of learned from them. They were making real songs and telling stories, doing so much more than me. I was just doing, like you said, “I’m better than you” raps and I got bored with that and really wanted to start telling stories
HipHopCanada: So the story goes that you went to New York, you were playing ball, going to college, rapping, trying to get on. How did a post-secondary education affect your musical ability? (Question submitted on Twitter by @misschris_tine of beaustruggle.blogspot.com)
J. Cole:I don’t necessarily know if it influenced that but it definitely just gave me more experience, more things to rap about. I think experience was the biggest thing I got from college, definitely the experience. I think I woulda been as good a rapper as I am now if I wouldnta went to college, but just the experience I had I think was priceless.
HipHopCanada: If you weren’t rapping, what job would you have pursued after college?
J. Cole:I’d probably try to make it into the NBA somehow. Even if I had to go overseas and play and kind of grind my way up that’s something I’d be trying to chase still. ‘Cause that was the first dream I had was playing basketball and I can’t really see myself with a 9-5 career in any life.
Written by Jonathon “Bizz” Brown for HipHopCanada
Another excerpt from the interview transcript will be posted on Thursday, November 25th.
Please note: The entire J. Cole interview transcript will be posted on the morning of the Toronto J. Cole concert – Friday, December 3rd. Stay tuned — the full transcript is much longer than the 6 segments we will be posting. Download the new Friday Night Lights mixtape on J. Cole’s official website by clicking the cover below!
Be sure to purchase tickets in advance for the J. Cole live performance in Toronto on Friday, December 3rd at Sound Academy. Click the flyer for info.
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