J. Cole is a non-stop workaholic!
All week he’s been out with the media, promoting his sophomore album “Born Sinner”, and discussing an array of topics.
Saturday night, J. Cole participated in an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit, a website known for its extensive online community sharing system. Among the many questions asked during the AMA by fans, Cole was asked was why he chose to compete for album sales & release his album the same day as Kanye West’s album.
“Just followed my instincts,” he explained. “I was confident in the album I had. Didn’t know what he had, but didn’t care. Wanted to start the conversation. I’ve had a #1 album before. It’s cool. But I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself wondering ‘what if I would have moved my date?”
Another topic addressed was how J. Cole ended up in the 2006 movie, “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party”. J. Cole makes several scene appearances in the film.
“Long story short (aka this is gonna be long) I heard about this secret Dave Chapelle concert, you had to register and sign up online to go,” recalled Cole. “The Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Kweli, Kanye, Dead Prez. They sent me confirmation back and it was on. Took my homeboy and roomate with me. [sic] BUT. Woke up that morning at 6 am to leave, and it was POURING. Some Hurricane level shit. We looked at each other like, ‘damn dawg, we really gonna do this?’ Said fuck it and got dressed. Had to walk to the bus stop in the rain, then wait on the bus in the rain. Now we’re Soaked. Hopped off the bus, hopped on the train. Took the train to the bottom of Manhattan to the secret “Meet Up” point. Some random Grocery store by the Water. We were the first ones there. People showed up over the next couple of hours. Then finally, they put us all on these yellow school buses to take us to the real secret concert location. A random block in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.”
J. Cole remembers that concert as one of the best he’s been to in his life. He talks about still being a fan of the music & even though the excitement of being on camera is also a memory he still relives vividily, he still remembers how it gave him confidence that he would make it & succeed in his musical career.
It’s all about a Dollar & a Dream..
Full content of the AMA can be found below: