J.Cole’s long awaited debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story drops tomorrow. After performing last night at the Roseland Ballroom, charging fans $1 for the recurring theme of “Dolla & a Dream” J.Cole has proved again that his music speaks to people. J.Cole exemplifies the struggle most college graduates go through, which is something that we all can relate too. As a motivation to many in the music industry, J.Cole has proved that with hard work and dedication anything and everything is possible.
Complex’s own Damien Scott, who has a unique perspective of the story seeing that he was Cole’s college friend/roommate, did an online story about him. The article broke down J.Cole’s story from his college days to the progression that not only close friend, Damien, has seen but fans as well. J.Cole produced this album solely by himself which says a lot about the artist. I don’t know about you all but I will definitely be showing my support! He can get the YUM of the day title today 😉
Even though he was still working a bullshit job, and money wasn’t flowing as well as he’d like, he believed in his heart of hearts that he was going to make it. One day I went up to his room to see what he was working on and I saw a bank statement taped to his wall right near his bed. I took a closer look and saw his bank balance with a bunch of handwritten zeroes behind it. “If I keep that number in mind,” he told me, “I’m going to get it. I swear.”
Jermaine says the only reason he started producing was because he couldn’t afford to buy beats when he was younger. It was the same story during his college years. He spent a good deal of his sophomore and junior year chopping up samples and stitching them back together. Cole studied producers like 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, and, of course, Kanye West.