Just days before the release of his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, North Carolina rapper J. Cole spoke with Idolator.com about possibly working with Kendrick Lamar, what makes a classic album, and more.
For quite some time J. Cole has been compared with fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar, but despite the constant comparisons J. Cole says he would eventually like to work with Lamar.
“We’ve got a lot of time to work. You know, we both be on and he’s working steady,” J. Cole explained. “He’s getting himself to an incredible place and I’m going to try and get myself to an incredible place. So we got time for that, you know? That’s my man though.”
In his interview with Idolator.com J. Cole also spoke on what he thinks makes a classic album and at the top of that list was longevity.
“The test of time. So like, the first listen you can get, you be like, ‘This album is a classic.’ But you won’t know until three-to-six months later. If you still playin’ it, it’s a classic. A year later and you still playin’ it, it’s a classic,” said J. Cole. “Five years later? Hands down, classic. So, really, little things, like if you’re taking a 10-hour road trip — if I’m gonna drive 10 hours from Fayetteville to New York, I’ve got about six albums I know I’m gonna play. Those are the classics. Hopefully mine is one of those that you gotta pop in on your road trips.”
Cole World: The Sideline Story will be released on Tuesday, September 27th.