J.Cole speaks about new songs, essay, and possible retiring
It’s always a rare occasion when this impactful rapper, songwriter, producer, and record executive publicly speaks out about injustices faced in the black community all while contributing it to his music. This is nothing but short of an expectation of J.Cole because of his previous stances he stood for while putting it into his music. J.Cole is inspirational and ground-breaking in every aspect of his career and personal life.
With the release of his song Snow On Tha Bluff, J.cole emphasizes how he feels like he is perceived by others who may or may not know more than him. He particularly refers to a woman artist known as No Name, critiquing, and criticizing the black community on their unaware knowledge of today’s injustices and other societal issues. J.cole elaborates in the song, “Just cause you woke and I’m not, that s**t ain’t no reason to talk like you better than me/ How you gon’ lead?/ When you attackin’ the very same n****s that really do need the shit that you sayin’?” The lyrics suggest that the woman stops her bashing and educates those around, therefore; the black community is united. Once this was released, it received praise, backlash, even a response from No Name. All in all, the song highlights a significant problem in the black community that consequently keeps black people from speaking out freely and wanting to know more.
On July 20, J.Cole released a personal essay that brought focus to his life as a father, the setbacks and conflicts of his career and the next destination in his music. The essay begins by telling a past story of a younger J.Cole in college trying out for the basketball team while also reminiscing about his days of high school basketball. With the determination, “potential” as he referenced, and realization, J.Cole discovered he could accomplish anything. Or as he put it as “It was proof to myself that I could climb mountains”. Further, into the essay, he highlights the beginning events that lead up to his successful rap career such as signing with Jay-Z at the age of 24-year-olds, the release of 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and sudden inspirations of False Prophets and 4 Your Eyez Only. Continuously, there thoughts of his basketball dream still being a factor in his life. But yet J.Cole finds himself the father of two sons, checking off his career bucket list, and all while being 35-year-old.
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Mya White is a contributing writer for Snubb3d Magazine. She was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and she is currently majoring in Journalism at Savannah State University.