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J. COLE TALKS DEPRESSION, MARRIED LIFE, & NEW RAPPERS IN RARE INTERVIEW

J. COLE TALKS DEPRESSION, MARRIED LIFE, & NEW RAPPERS IN RARE INTERVIEW

Cole spoke with Vulture magazine in a rare interview.

ON BORING LABEL: “Once I took control of my own shit, stopped giving power to other people for my happiness and success, it became like, Oh word, I’ll show you how boring I am. And it became another person to prove wrong.”

ON DEPRESSION: “I didn’t like how I felt about my life [in 2014]. I’d been depressed for like three years. And I realized I was putting too much importance on what other people thought about me. Also, my mom going through her shit had a traumatic impact on me, and I never had a chance to process that shit. I just put my head down. I wasn’t having an honest conversation with myself.”

ON WIFE: “I’m a fucking successful rapper, who can literally at the drop of a hat go anywhere, do anything, have mad adventures. But there was no better decision I could have made than the discipline I put on myself of having responsibility, having another human being — my wife — that I have to answer to. Family can literally be the thing you always needed, bring balance and meaning and fuel your creativity, give you purpose.”

ON STEREOTYPES: “If you exclude the top three rappers in the game, the most popping rappers all are exaggerated versions of black stereotypes. Extremely tatted up. Colorful hair. Flamboyant. Brand names. It’s caricatures, and still the dominant representation of black people, on the most popular entertainment format for black people, period.”

ON NEW RAPPERS: “I’m now in a place where I can hear people and get excited, like this kid is dope as fuck. I wasn’t there before — everybody was trash.”

ON LIL PEEP’S DEATH: “The album is already a warning, and this kid dies while I’m sitting in the studio mixing the shit — do you know how creepy that was? That shit was heavy.”











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