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J. Cole Covers Complex, Talks Retiring Like Jay Z


Image Courtesy Sony Music Entertainment/Roc NationJ. Cole has landed the cover of Complex magazine‘s December/January issue and gives a candid interview about the progression of his music career.

When asked if he would ever retire and then return in the same vein as Jay Z, Cole replied, “I don’t know. I love doing it, so I’m not going to use that as [a sales pitch], like, ‘Last album — make sure you go out and buy.'”

Cole adds that he’d be “content” if he never put out another project, especially with the message that he’s leaving behind. 

“Listen to all my music and you’ll hear this n***a who went to New York City and started with a dream; he gained his confidence and his step with The Warm Up and was here to show y’all n****s ‘I’m the best’ — and Friday Night Lights put a stamp on that,” he says.

He continues, “Sideline Story was like, ‘I have to figure this sh** out and sell records.’ Born Sinner was ‘F**k, that wasn’t how I wanted to do it. I gotta make up for that one, I got to get back to myself.’ And then fighting through all of that to realize on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, ‘No, this is where it was always at.'”

The rapper also gave the magazine a tour of his childhood home, which he intends to let family members stay in to help them get on their feet. The residence inspired the title of his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, due out December 9.

The entire interview can be read online now.

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