“I have what the rap world is missing and what they’re asking for.” – 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 1 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: It’s been a good week for you, releasing Friday Night Lights to an overwhelming response online. So as a kid, what’d you walk around saying, “One day I’m gonna grow up and shut down the internet?”
J. Cole: Haha, nah I didn’t know that! I didn’t think about that part. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s definitely a blessing. I seen Mecca from 2dopeboyz at a show in New York on Saturday and he told me I crashed his site and nobody’s ever crashed his site before so that’s crazy.
HipHopCanada: One of the first things you say on the mixtape is the line, “What good’s it being the one if you the only one that knows it?” I think it turned out incredibly ironic that you start your tape with that line, the same tape that shut down the internet when it dropped due to such high demand.
J. Cole: You know what I still feel like the underdog that’s why I said that line. I didn’t know the response would be so big but that’s how I felt and that’s how I still feel. Like man I think that I’m talented and I have what the rap world is missing and what they’re asking for but only a select few know it. So I think it’s time for me to really transcend to that next level and show the world and my fans but not just the people that already know about me it’s time to really show the rest of the world what these kids already know.
HipHopCanada: You sample an Erykah Badu song for “Too Deep For The Intro.” I didn’t even realize it was a sample, I thought you got at her for it. Is that a connection you’re looking to make in the future for a collaboration?
J. Cole: Oh of course. She is incredible singer and song writer, her voice. Incredible. I thought about hitting her up to be on it but timing wise I couldn’t get to it.
“I seen Mecca from 2dopeboyz at a show in New York on Saturday and he told me I crashed his site and nobody’s ever crashed his site before so that’s crazy.” – J. Cole
Written by Jonathon “Bizz” Brown for HipHopCanada
Another excerpt from the interview transcript will be posted on Saturday, November 20th.
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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