I told him that. He apologized, for the record. "It just felt like it wasn't honest because of that". J Cole's hit single from 2016 titled False Prophets was rather controversial as fans debated on who the rapper was talking about.
He added: "When he called me he said, right off the rip, 'Man, I need you to hold me accountable". "If this is me and you on a microphone, I'm gonna keep it 100 with you". Say whatever you gotta say. "Really, I don't know you". "It's just that when I'm working on my album, it's just like, 'Yo, that's just how I operate.'" He went on to talk about how Prince and Michael Jackson never worked on an album together, but clarified that he wasn't comparing himself to Prince.
"First of all, I'm a fan", he continued. So I'll tread lightly if possible, but the only reason I'd feel comfortable taking it any distance is because I didn't even ask.you put that out there. And when I'm writing "False Prophets" - which that song isn't about him - there's one verse that applies to him, for sure, but if you listen to that song it's about what this sh- is exposing ... "Where it's like celebrity worship, we're worshiping celebrities". He admitted to having a strong social media fixation as well, one that he's desperately trying to overcome. "With social media, I was off it so long that I thought I had beat this addiction". "He got a career I got a career, I got a family he got a family, it's like... it would have been easier back then".
Sitting down for well over an hour of conversation there weren't any topics untouchable for the Dreamville leader as he spoke on pre-show traditions, addiction to social media, resisting the temptations of drinking, the backlash from the "mumble rap" community and more.
He tries to meditate for at least five minutes to clear his head before a big performance, like his 10:45 p.m. Friday set for Rolling Loud. "Just being conscious that there's an urge to be on my phone". I don't like something pulling my strings. "I want to become disciplined to where it is a part of my life every day when things are like good or things a little stressful", he told Martinez. I feel like I'm allowing other people's thoughts to be my own.
Rapper J. Cole performs onstage during the 2015 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.