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Here’s What We Learned From J. Cole’s Interview With Angie Martinez

Posted on May 17th, 2018
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Kanye West Apologized For Posting Their Conversation On Twitter

Cole says the tweeted conversations between him and Ye was a surprise to him. “He called me, but I would have never posted that or, like, tell him to post that,” he said. “That made me feel a certain type of way. I told him that. He apologized, for the record.” He added that it felt like West just used his name “for social media” and “wasn’t sincere.”

Cole Listens and Is Inspired By The New School Rappers

Despite the lyrical content of “1985,” and the prevalence of “Fuck J. Cole!” chants at Smokepurpp shows, Cole still listens to younger artists’ music. “I love them,” Cole said, presumably including Lil Pump in that sentiment. “First of all, I fuck with them. I actually fuck with they music. It’s not like I drive around listening to it, but I’ve spent time listening and being like ‘Yo, this is fun.’ It ain’t about shit and it don’t matter but this is fun.”

J. Cole’s Mom Wants Him To Tell Her Story Of Drug Addiction In Order To Help Others

On his KOD track, “Once an Addict (Interlude),” Cole seemingly raps about his mother’s drug addiction. Cole’s done this throughout his career, and his mom has actually told him

“She was like, ‘Look, my story maybe could somebody. I’m not ashamed of nothing, so tell my story'” Cole recalled.

Cole goes on to say that his current level of fame meant that he needed to call his mom before including stories about her addiction on KOD. After all, more people are looking now than ever.

Cole Thinks Young Thug Is a Genius

Cole says he was caught off guard when he found out people were surprised that Young Thug was going on his “KOD Tour.” People said it was odd that Cole was including Thugger on his tour because they think his whole album is about being against “mumble rap.” Cole shoots down that claim and says simply that Thugger is dope.

“He’s just ill,” Cole tells Martinez. “If you wanna talk about Thug as like, an artist, he’s an innovator. You can call him a mumble rapper all you want, but if you know skills and the art of rapping, and you know like, how you put words together, you know pockets, you know flows, you know the the things he’s with his voice-dude is a genius.”

J. Cole Believes Celebrities Won’t Exist In The Near Future

“I feel like, a thousand years from now there won’t even be celebrities,” Cole said when asked about separating the art from the artist, a concept for which Martinez used West’s recent actions as an example. “A thousand, two thousand, who knows.”

Cole Says His “Kill Edward” Album Sounds Like the Future

Explaining the sound of his ‘Kill Edward’ album, Cole laughs before saying the project sounds like, “the future.” Should be epic.

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