As the days leading up to the release of rapper J. Cole’s debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, begin to wind down the North Carolina emcee is becoming more and more anxious for its release later this month.
“The closer the time gets the more stressed I get, the more anxious I get. I’m just getting more, ‘Alright man, let’s go,’” said J. Cole in an interview with LifeAndTimes.com.
Cole is one of a handful of Hip Hop artists who pull double duty as both a rapper and a producer. In his interview he explained that as a producer there’s no one he has to rely on when it comes to creating his music.
“I’m a rapper and I’m a producer. I don’t wanna have to rely on anybody. If there’s something missing I wanna get better,” Cole explained. “I’m not gonna run to the guy that can do it unless he’ll allow me to learn from him.”
On top of the fame he’s garnered recently Cole says he has also grown as an artist and that his live performance has improved by “light years.”
“I’ve grown as producer. I’ve grown as a rapper, an artist. My understanding of the industry has grown so much. I didn’t know nothing back then. You know what I’m saying? I just knew I could rap good and I could make good beats and I put together a good song,” said Cole. “My show has improved like light years. My confidence and the way I command the stage. I’m still getting better or whatever, but light years and no album yet. Not putting an album out has been an advantage.”
Cole World: The Sideline Story will be released on September 27, 2011.