J. Cole’s Complex Feature

Cole World: Sideline Story was released today and this online cover story, written by Complex contributor and Cole’s former roommate Damien Scott, is part of the Complex’s Cole World Week. Like all of his fans, I’ve been waiting for over two years for his debut to drop. I feel a connection to him and his music because his story and aspirations are relatable. No, I don’t want to rap, but I never wanted to work a regular-ass 9-5 either.

These days, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known as J. Cole, doesn’t have to stake out studios in order to talk to Shawn Carter. As the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint, he simply waits for the Big Homie to call him. Which is pretty crazy considering the bumpy road that led the 26-year-old rapper to the Roc. When finishing high school in Fayetteville, N.C. in 2003, he figured the only way he was going to get a record deal was by moving to a huge music market. So he packed up, kissed his mother goodbye, and headed north to attend St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens—which is where I met him. As roommates from sophomore to senior year, I watched Cole hope and dream about getting a deal while working tirelessly to perfect his sound. Though he’s prone to speaking about the power of dreaming—he calls his label Dreamville, his team is made up of Dreamvillains—It was his hustle and unwavering determination that got him to where he is today. Oh, and the fact that he can rap really, really well.

It’s a good article, make sure you read the whole thing.

Link: J.Cole In The Zone (Online Cover Story)

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