He may be on tour, but recently J.Cole took some time out of his busy schedule to stop by Power 106, a radio station out in LA, to talk about his upcoming album Born Sinner and his career as a rapper. If you haven't checked out the album yet, you can stream it right here.
In addition to a childhood crush on Alicia Keys, in the interview Cole admitted to working at a skate rink in a Kangaroo costume, trying to catch Jay-Z's attention at a concert with a homemade T-Shirt and a few other embarrassing antics — you'll have to watch the videos yourself to hear about all of them.
First, Cole talked about Born Sinner, or, more specifically, the title for the album, saying that the name just came to him. He said that the title words were lyrics in one of his songs and that, after writing the song, he realized that they summed up what the album was trying to say. He also talks about the collaborations on the album, stating that he felt pressure to add other rappers to his lineup, but that he doesn't like to share verses if he can help it.
Of course, when you talk about Born Sinner, you can't forget to mention it's release date — June 18th — the same day as Kanye West's Yeezus. Cole attributes the date selection to his competitive nature — saying that as huge an artist as West is, Cole knows he still has something to say, and that although the rest of the world may, his fans wont forget about his album.
He went on to answer some questions from the audience and talk about careers he would want if he wasn't rapping, and what jobs he had in the past, including working at a skate park in North Carolina. While working at the park, employees had to wear Kangaroo costumes during birthday parties ... true story. We hope some photos surface soon.
In this last chunk of video, Cole discusses his crush on Alicia Keys when he was 14 and she was 19. He talks about waiting outside the venue of one of her concerts, hoping to catch her eye, but chickening out at the last minute. He also tried to give his mixtape to Jay-Z at a concert, but was a too intimidated by the rap legend. How times have changed. Now J. Cole is on Jay-Z's record label.
At the beginning of the show Cole was asked what it meant to him to see fans take time out of their daily schedules to come see him. He responded, "Man its incredible, its a blessing. I never thought about this part. I just wanted to rap and make albums and do songs. I never thought there was gonna be people that like love you and love the music and listen to you every day. It's crazy."
Check out Born Sinner later this month featuring collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and more.
Born Sinner Track List:
2. Kerney Sermon (Skit)
3. LAnd Of The Snakes
4. Power Trip featuring Miguel
5. Mo Money (Interlude)
8. She Knows featuring Amber Coffman
9. Rich Niggaz
10. Where's Jermaine? (Skit)
11. Forbidden Fruit featuring Kendrick Lamar
12. Chaining Day
13. Ain't That Some Shit (Interlude)
14. Crooked Smile featuring TLC
15. Let Nas Down
16. Born Sinner featuring James Fauntleroy
17. Miss America
18. New York Times featuring 50 Cent & Bas
19. Is She Gon Pop
20. Niggaz Know
21. Sparks Will Fly featuring Jhene Aiko