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J. Cole recently stopped by The Combat Jack Show for a two-hour sit-down, where he discussed everything from his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar when he first met him, to the shift in hip-hop culture that inspired “Fire Squad.”
After opening up about his childhood, Cole discussed boss Jay-Z‘s response to 2014 Forest Hills Drive and its commercial success.
“He was f***in’ with it,” Cole said regarding Hov’s response to the album. “We had a crazy talk it just so happened my album was about everything we talked about…He gave me amazing feedback on the album.”
The rapper also claimed he had no idea that 2014 Forest Hills Drive would end up being the highest selling Hip Hop album of the year, saying that before dropping it he had accepted the album might flop, due to its unconventional promotion.
Combat Jack played “Fire Squad” during the broadcast, after which Cole shared his thoughts behind his unforgettable last verse:
“It’s not even Iggy Azalea’s fault, she’s chasing her dream. It doesn’t matter the quality of her music but I have to comment, it’s my job to tell you what’s on my mind in the slickest way ever…When history is told Macklemore is in them books, Iggy Azalea’s in them books.”
Cole also discusses how he stays out of Drake‘s lane while making his own, what went down that eventful night with Diddy back in 2013, why he decided Ferguson, being the voice of his generation, and a lot more. Check out the interview above.