March 18, 2019

J. Cole Addresses No Features Meme & Not Winning A Grammy In New GQ Cover [VIDEO]

J. Cole Addresses No Features Meme & Not Winning A Grammy In New GQ Cover [VIDEO]

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Well this is a pleasant surprise.

The rapper is gracing the April cover of GQ, where he gives a rare interview on his music career, fatherhood, Grammy’s and more.

On his feelings not winning a Grammy yet in his career:

“I’m not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean? At least not right now, and maybe never. And if that happens, then that’s just how it was supposed to be,” he said. “It would’ve been disastrous for me, because subconsciously it would’ve been sending me a signal of like ‘Okay, I am supposed to be this guy.’ But I would’ve been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out.”

On Doing More Features:

“I’ve reached a point in my life… where I’m like, ‘How long am I gonna be doing this for?’ I’m starting to realize like, oh shit—let’s say I stopped this year. I would feel like I missed out on certain experiences, you know? Working with certain artists, being more collaborative, making more friends out of peers, making certain memories that I feel like if I don’t, I’m gonna regret it one day.”

On His Revenge of the Dreamers 3 Sessions:

“It was like Disneyland or some shit,” Cole says. He’d be in one room laying down a track, singer Ari Lennox would be in another working with a group of mostly female singers and musicians, Saba would be in his own space. At one point, Cole got a text: “Come to room 222.”

“I ran in,” he recalls excitedly. “The room was thick with smoke, and Buddy, this rapper from Compton, played me this song that felt like a Pharcyde song.”

Read the full profile here.

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Introducing GQ’s April cover star, J. Cole. Hit the link in bio to see all the photos and read the cover story by Allison P. Davis. Photographs by @awolerizku. Styled by @mobolajidawodu. #NewGQ #jcole

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Put simply, J. Cole is one of the most popular rap artists of this generation. His two early mixtapes, ‘The Warm Up’ and ‘Friday Night Lights,’ are considered classics. He’s released five albums, all of them platinum-certified chartbusters. Three of these went platinum with no features—as in, without the help of appearances by other artists. At the link in bio, read about how the North Carolina rapper ascended to the hip-hop world’s top tier. (