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: How does it feel to be performing at Lollapalooza?
J. Cole: Ah man, it’s an honor and a blessing. I’m excited to see what’s about to happen.
SS: Are you excited to see a certain act this weekend?
J. Cole: I can’t really stay that long but if I could I’d love to see Lady Gaga, Erykah Badu, and The Black Keys. There are a lot of acts I’d like to see.
SS: Explain what your new single Who Dat is about.
J. Cole: Man that’s just a rap record–straight hard beats and hard raps! It’s a rap record at its finest. It’s just me flexing lyrical abilities. It’s not your typical first single but I’m not your typical rapper. It made a statement like, “A’ight, I’ll come out with this and see how y’all respond.”
SS: There was some controversy surrounding the Who Dat video. How would you address the critics that said you portrayed Fayetteville in a negative light?
J. Cole: Those people really don’t get it if they’re saying that. It’s really just a kid who wants to come home and show love to the city that he was raised in. It’s nothing more than that–that’s it.
SS: When can we expect to hear the album?
J. Cole: We got a date but I’m not saying the date no more because I feel like it’s going to change. I know how this thing works and I’ve seen it happen too many times. When a lot of people want my album it’s going to come out. If I put my album out now I can do 15,000-20,000 in sales but I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to be under the radar. I want to touch as many people as absolutely possible.
SS: Do you have a title for the album?
J. Cole: I do but I haven’t put it out yet.
SS: Who are some of the producers on the album?
J. Cole: Right now the producers are myself and No I.D. and that’s it. Maybe that’s subject to change but right now it’s just us. There are no features right now but that’s going to change–I’m going to get like one or two. It will not be a feature dominated album at all.
SS: You make beats?
J. Cole: Yeah I make beats.
SS: What equipment do you use?
J. Cole: I started out on the ASR X Pro and I changed over to Reason about five years after that. I started using Logic recently.
SS: Phonte from Little Brother said that it bothered him that people used to tell him, “Oh, you can rap for somebody from the South.” Do you get a lot of that and how do you respond to it?
J. Cole: I do. They say it in different ways. They don’t say it like that but they’ll say another thing and you basically know what they’re trying to say. I don’t respond to it no kind of way man. All I can do is do my part to change to change that stereotype. All it is is a stereotype–it’s not true.
SS: What’s the best advice Jay-Z ever gave you?
J. Cole: I can’t tell you the best but he gives me a lot of advice. And I can tell you its really good advice. Whenever I get asked that question I can never remember one particular thing. He gives me a lot of great advice.
SS: A lot of people feel like you’re the next great MC, I feel that way, do you feel pressure to live up to that?
J. Cole: Thank you. Nah man, I feel anxious to live up to that. I’m ready to live up to that. It’s just a matter of finishing up this album. I’m just ready for it to be heard. I want to finish it. It’s hard when you’re trying to promote singles and finish the album at the same time. I don’t feel the pressure, I feel the excitement like, “Yo, I’m trying to come out and show it!”
SS: What’s your ultimate goal in the music industry?
J. Cole: Man, just to be around for 15 or 20 years and still be great, give people music they want to hear, and have my spot on everybody’s list. Everybody got their greatest list or top 5 list–I want to be on everybody’s list.
On the R&B/Hip Hop Charts J. Cole‘s song ”Who Dat” has moved from 39 to Number 32. The Heat Seekers Songs Charts have seen the biggest increase from 19 to number 8 (Wow). Also the Rap Songs charts are still being maintained at number 19.
J. Cole moved up three spots from last week on the R&B/Hip Hop Charts “Who Dat” has moved from number 42 to number 39. The Heat Seekers Songs charts are still maintained at number 23. Also the Rap Songs charts have moved up one spot to number 19.
J.Cole is down 2 spots on the R&B/Hip Hop charts at number 42. Who Dat is still maintaining the number 20 spot on the Rap Songs charts & has been added to the Heat Seekers Songs charts at number 23! Nice!
Who dat? Who dat? J. Cole is rocking the #40 spot on the Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R&B Song Chart!! That’s 6 up from last week, at this rate…well I won’t get a head of myself but congratulations to Mr.Cole from jcole.org!
J. Cole made it onto the Billboard Hot 100, as number 46 for his song Who Dat! Congrats J. Cole!
Vote for J. cole‘s music video “Who Dat” on BET to see it live on 106 and Park. Click here to vote!
After this week’s release of J. Cole’s “Who Dat” music video, SOHH caught up with the Roc Nation rookie to get more details on the new visual.
Giving the exclusive scoop on how the video was filmed, Cole talked about taking an organic approach to his new clip
“I think it was an excellent reception,” Cole told SOHH. “I just wish I would’ve explained to people more that it was a one shot, that we shot on film and even when you watch it in HD version it looks incredible because it was on 35mm film which is what they use to shoot movies with. Even with that said I think people respect the fact that I went home [to Fayetteville, NC]. I didn’t come out with a whole bunch of jewelry, a whole bunch of light skinned girls with short shorts on. It’s a real organic feeling video. I really wish I would’ve explained more to people but you know in time people will get it. They’ll see all the imagery and all the little signs.” (SOHH)
Cole also said he was unfazed by the song not being a typical commercial single.
“I just do weird stuff. Even the fact, coming out with ‘Who Dat.’ It’s not the typical song that’s going to be on the radio, it’s not the typical song that’s going to play in the clubs but that’s what it felt like,” he added. “That was the feeling. It felt like the move so we moved. It’s going to do it’s job, it’s going to do what it’s supposed to do. I think the video was the same way. It was like, ‘Yo, we love this idea. Let’s do it.’ Forget about the rules and what your first video is supposed to be. I’m supposed to [have] X amount of scenes and this amount of light skinned girls. I just like to do things my way.” (SOHH)
The video began to circulate online earlier this week.
Roc-Nation’s number 1 artist J. Cole just released the video for his first single “Who Dat” off of his still untitled project under Roc-Nation . Roc-Nation is Jay-Z’s music label which is still in its initial stages, J. Cole is one of the best in the roster yet and Who Dat is one of the illest songs i’ve heard in a long time. The video was shot by BBGUN and is a one-take video, pretty dope. Surprising how difficult it is to make one-take videos, J’s doing all sorts of different things, surrounded by continuous explosions behind him and people rooting “Who Dat” in the back. (The Media Kings)
Last February, Cole talked about putting together his forthcoming Roc Nation debut album.
“I’m in with No I.D. right now. He’s incredible. It’s fun,” Cole said about his album’s production. “My favorite producer, after I started producing [and] paying attention to producers, was Kanye…Being in with No I.D. last night and watching him work, it was like, ‘Duh.’ I been in with other producers, it don’t click. It don’t connect. It connects with him. I figure if I grew up looking up to Kanye, Kanye is cut from the No I.D. cloth.” (MTV)
According to Rap Radar J.Cole was celebrating the release of NBA Elite at the Bryant Park Hotel in NY Brandon Jennings and Kevin Durant. In the video he talks about shooting the video in one take with none of that digital camera stuff.