Known for rapping “what’s real” rapper J. Cole is one of the few artists whose lyrics actually have content.
With verses that touch on things other than sex, drugs, money and women, is why Cole is frankly one of the best rappers of this generation. Rappers like him are few and far in between.
When it comes to the black community in the industry, there is no doubt that the ones that make it big, sadly are the ones that have to degrade their community let alone themselves in the process.
They call it selling records; we call it selling their self-respect to the industry.
J. Cole has had enough when it comes to tearing down his peers with ‘rap beefs’ in the industry to sell records.
According to Atlanta Black Star, J. Cole stated, “For so long, my mind state was, ‘I have to show how much better than the next man I am through these bars. Who’s the best? Let me prove it.’ And it’s just like, ‘Damn, I’m really feeding into a cycle of keeping Black people down, I’m really feeding into that.'”
To avoid feeding that cycle, sometimes you just need to take a step back. Cole even moved to Raleigh, N.C., two years ago and decided to make music that was meaningful to him.
With so many chart topping reality shows (ie: Bad Girls Club, Love & Hip-Hop, House Wives, ect) that misconstrue the black persons reality who really can the community look to, to represent?
No role models and I'm here right now