J. Cole Talks Cole Wolrd: Sideline Story With CNN
CNN: You’ve done a bunch of mixtapes and had a few false starts before “Cole World” finally was released. How does it feel now that it’s out, and the debut was so big?
J Cole: It’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve had in a long time. It’s relief. I’ve been carrying this since 2007, since right around when I was about to graduate college. In school, everything was a blur: fun, then partying, then homework, then rinse and repeat.
Then graduation hit me, and I was like, ‘Oh, snap.’ From that time in 2007, until right now, my life has been full of stress like you can’t believe. One moment after another of: ‘I gotta get this record deal. Oh, Jay-Z likes me, how do I get him to sign? He signed me! Oh s**t, now I gotta put out an album. I finished the album — now I gotta drop a single!’
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