J.Cole’s Born Sinner will finally see the light on June 25th. And in a recent interview with MTV, he explains why he abandoned the basketball themes of his previous project and the concept behind his new album.
”It’s not necessarily a church theme and it’s not really about church,” he explained. “I like my album themes to be metaphors because it gives me the freedom to speak about something else that’s going on in my life, so the Born Sinner thing is not about church, it’s not even about religion. It’s using that as canvas to get other messages across and that’s what the album will be.”
Jermaine catches feelings and a body in his new video featuring Miguel. Jealousy is a muthafucka. Despite the dark imagery, Cole insists, “No R&B singers were harmed during the making of this video”. Save the date: Born Sinner drops June 25
Alicia Keys’ “Set The World On Fire” tour stopped at the Barclays Center last night in Brooklyn. During Miguel’s set, he was accompanied by J.Cole for the first live performance of “Power Trip”. Video coming soon.
While down in the A, J.Cole visited DJ Drama. While discussing Born Sinner and his joint project with Kendrick Lamar, he weighed in on MTV’s Hottest MC List and his exclusion.
“I don’t know, but I don’t really give a fuck. It is what it is. Think about it, from what they say, it’s the past year, I’ve had a quiet year. I should be on there. I don’t give a fuck, DJ Drama. They’re fucking dead and I’m gonna kill them. We shouldn’t talk about this anymore. They want this. Fuck these guys. Future doesn’t even give a fuck about Kanye. They don’t even interrupt each others’ lives and they’re not competing on the same level.”
Break 1: Talks MTV List, “Power Trip”, and how Hov wanted him to keep the verse he recorded for Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4.
Break 2: Talks CIAA weekend, past projects and working with Missy.
Break 3: Talks basketball, reassures joint album with Kendrick Lamar and more.
From Hillside to Harvard, Jermaine took the podium in Cambridge this afternoon for the lecture, “The Next Move: A Conversation with J. Cole”.
He spoke to students on his musical influences from Tupac to Michael Jackson, his dreams of going to the NBA before transitioning to music and more. Pay attention.
When J.Cole released Truly Yours last week, the EP featured “Stay” produced by No ID. The song appears on Nas’ Life Is Good and it turns out Jermaine had the beat first but procrastinated on purchasing it. He also reveals that he missed out on Rick Ross’ “Tears Of Joy“. Gotta learn to live with regrets.
“That’s the most exciting part about that song and the reason why we went with it is because it sounds like nothing that’s out. It’s almost like the first time I heard ‘Cry Me a River,’ Justin Timberlake. The minute that came on … It hit you a certain kinda way. That was the exciting part.
Everything about it, from the beat to even the way I’m flowing — you never really heard me rap so sleepily. I really did those verses in my crib and just loved the way they felt.”