Wednesday, December 15, 2010

J.Cole Interview w/ [Elliott Wilson's] Respect Magazine

Haven't got a chance to read it in full yet but I figured I'd put it in a spot I can easily get to. From what I've seen and read so far EW is doing a really great job on the premiere issue. Let's hope he can get the thing to sell, get nice and comfortable in 2011 and bring us more great Hip-Hop culture content.

Here's a choice excerpt about Cole coming to the Big Apple for college with an alterier motive:
How much of a culture shock was it when you moved to New York?
It was crazy. Ridiculous. On my own, bro. I was fuckin’ silly. I remember my best female friend from high school used to ask me, ‘You going to New York? You crazy? Aren’t you scared?’ And I used to front. But man, I was 18 years old going to somewhere I’d never really been. Living in a dorm—all I knew was living with my moms up until that point. For me to do that, it really just took, like a blind confidence that I didn’t really have, but I was telling myself I had it. The first time I came to New York I told myself that I was gonna move there. I just knew. I visited once when I was 13 or 14. I said, ‘I’m gonna move here one day.’ I didn’t really know ‘til probably about 16 or 17. I was like, I can go to school in New York, college. It clicked I guess [snaps fingers]. Like: college. I could do it. It was almost like an excuse to go to New York City, and nobody’s even gotta know what I’m going for. Because I wasn’t telling people, ‘Yeah I’m gonna go get a deal.’ I was like, ‘I’m gonna go to college in New York.’ But inside I knew what it was for.

Read the full interview here


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