J. Cole has recently been collaborating more with artists and doing more interview than usual. He sat down to speak with GQ Magazine to talk about his five platinum selling albums, along with his early days making mixtapes. The article titled Buck the System, also touches on fatherhood, the Revenge of the Dreamers III recording sessions plus much more. Take a look at some of what Cole had to say below and read the full article over at GQ.
On Working with Artists:
“I’ve reached a point in my life,” he tells me, “where I’m like, ‘How long am I gonna be doing this for?’ I’m starting to realize like, oh shit—let’s say I stopped this year. I would feel like I missed out on certain experiences, you know? Working with certain artists, being more collaborative, making more friends out of peers, making certain memories that I feel like if I don’t, I’m gonna regret it one day.”
On The GRAMMY Awards:
“I’m not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean?” he says. “At least not right now, and maybe never. And if that happens, then that’s just how it was supposed to be.”
On Fatherhood Changing Him:
“For a while, I felt a little weird about it. Like, nah. I felt, ‘Did I miss something?’ ‘Cause I didn’t feel the change that people talk about. And then I figured out what it was,” he says. “I changed my life in order to get ready to have a family and to have a son. I literally changed my life, where I was living, the things that I was doing. I changed. So because of that, when my son came, I was ready. I already made room.”