J. Cole Talks International Markets, Sophomore Album

Cole chops it up with BET about his international appeal and his sophomore album.

BET's Jabari Johnson recently caught up with Roc Nation star J. Cole while on tour with Tinie Tempah in the United Kingdom. During the interview, Cole spoke on his cross-country appeal and the importance of showing love to his international fan base. He said that the Internet has made the world a smaller place, so it's important to him to treat his international fans to as many live performances as his American audience.

"It's very important because these days...the Internet makes the world smaller," Cole explained. "[Europe and Asia are] as big market[s] - more fans, more opportunity, more business, more longevity [as an artist]...it gives you more longevity and security in your career."

Cole also spoke on his as-of-yet untitled sophomore LP, which he says will be in stores by 2012. He explained that he wants to one-up his recent studio debut Cole World: The Sideline Story with his second go-around, and that for himself it's all about artistic evolution.

"[I'm aiming my next album for] next year, definitely next year," he said. "Summertime, end of summer, maybe. I'm not gonna call it, but that's what I'm shooting for...I [want to] have it be way better than [Cole World: The Sideline Story]...I just want to keep evolving."

Check out the full interview below.

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59 Comments

  • r.c.

    cole is dope but he definitely threw me off with the album. i mean don't get me wrong it had some substance and was a good album but he wasn't as clever or hard hitting with the lyrics as he was with his previous bodies of work. i personally feel like friday night lights should've been the album. it was perfect. the warm up was a classic mixtape, "i get up" alone was best shit i heard in awhile. the come up was a classic as well. cole was so hungry on there. cole world was good but knowing cole's capabilities it could have been wayyy better.

  • Anonymous

    Get that real hiphop in ur eardrum mofos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nse7TR1I2kY&feature=g-all

  • Cameron Williams

    Everyone is entitled to and opinion, but some people shouldnt comment because of the ignorant shit they say. If theres nothing good to say about an artist who is unique as J.Cole you "Haters" should seal your lips and listen to your genre and stop trying to shit on a artist who is truly great in Hip-Hop/Rap community. "You hated it before you played I already forgave you"-J.Cole. @Texas you call yourself a bun b and big krit fun I cant talk. You seem like one of those simple minded niggas who enjoy the bullshit ass punchline flow. Listen deeper music has to have a meaning not mindless lyrics and a hot beat. Real rap is back.

  • TEXAS

    RAPPERS(IF THATS WHAT YOU CALL THEM) LIKE J COLE AND DRAKE ARE WHATS KILLING HIP HOP

  • TEXAS

    WORST RAPPERS OF 2011 (SOUTHERN MAINSTREAM RAPPERS) 5)RICK ROSS 4)GUCCI MANE 3)LIL WAYNE 2)YELAWOLF 1)J COLE WHY PUT J COLE #1 BECAUSE IN EVERY WAY HE WROTE AND PRODUCED THE WORST ALBUM I EVER HEARD SURE THERE'S WORSE OUT THEN THIS BUT NONE ARE AS DRY AND BORING AS A GROWN BOY CRYING OVER THE TRACK LIKE A ANOTHER DRAKE FAG

    • shadyaftermath

      j.cole worst album? and yelawolf number 2. Your clearly retarded.

    • TEXAS

      THE BEST MUSIC OF 2011 (SINCE IM SUCH A HATER) 5)SIR MIKEY ROCKS 4)PHONTE (THE BEST FROM NC) 3)BIG KRIT 2)TECH N9NE (THE BEAST) 1)BUN B (THE KING) NOW GO LISTEN TO SOME REAL MUSIC BITCHS

  • shadyaftermath

    j.cole is the future! best album of 2011. He knows what he is talking about regarding 50. Would be a dope joint 50 & j.cole.

  • Sheriff Otun

    This Dude know's whats up...True Talk about 50 Cent.. Hope he gets to 50's level & even beyond it !! Cole Nxt album: J.cole - Cole World; No snuggies.

  • Anonymous

    hes not that good like drake waaay over hyped

  • Jon Williams

    "I dare you to be different" www.jackinralph.com

  • Anonymous

    Nigga already pushing it back I thought you said spring!

  • Anonymous

    I see that Jay Z and Sony are trying to build a fake frenzy again. The public can see through that fake stuff, that's why he didn't go platinum lol.

  • Phuck Yiu

    Warm up>Friday Night Lights>Come up>Cole World A little disappointed in Cole World

    • Mohammed

      Not at atll to me it's The Warm Up>Cole World>Friday Night Lights>The Come Up Don't see how The Come Up is better than Cole World to be honest.

    • Anonymous

      truly, and i own all albums, first time i heard him was a like a day or two after the warm up dropped, so hyped for his album but damn.

  • jr88

    jcole is the type of artist grake should hve been....but drake decided to go full rnb....jcoles club songs are even lyrical...jcole is the future.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Drake outsold Jay Cole. Wayne outsold Jay Z. and where Jay Electronica at? YMCMB betta den Jay Nation. fuck Jay West fuck Jay Jordan fuck Jay Willow. YOUNG MONEY WE DA BEST. swag

    • Anonymous

      "the YMCMB fan base isn't even old enough to drive" Lol this can't be anymore true,i see kid with those YM shirts, they gotta be at least 10, the oldest at most 13. The only people above the age of 17 buying these albums from drake,nicki minaj, and lil wayne r either tools or females

    • Anonymous

      cash money records has been around for 20 years and they own half of young money records. obviously they know what the fuck they are doing.

    • :)

      "YOUNG MONEY WE DA BEST" "We"?! Wayne, is that you?

    • Anonymous

      that's where you fucked up...you listenin' to what people playin' in their cars, the YMCMB fan base isn't even old enough to drive. Nobody's gonna bump drake wit the windows down (maybe females), and any nigga that actually OWNS a nicki cd isn't going to play it in the whip...they'll do it when they're home in private ol' trapped in the closet ass niggas.

    • Steph

      lolno. Quality>Quantity

    • Anonymous

      birdman din't purchase shit.Kids with no musical memories did because that's the most heavily promoted label in the game,but yea in the long run roc nation is going to get bigger.people forget that it was founded only in 2008

    • David Peralta

      Your soooo simple minded its sad. Everyone on YMCMB isnt on Roc Nations level. Never will be. Birdman purchased all those albums your talking about and if you need proof go outside your place and hear what people are playing in there cars. Its not them!!! I have a place in Jersey and NYC, and I hear people playing watch the throne. Everyday!

  • realtalk

    shut this website down, y'all feed the trolls too much. j cole remind me of a mix between nas and kanye, he got alotta potential.

    • Anonymous

      Um, OP never said that the trolls were the people disagreeing with his opinion. So, hop off.

    • Anonymous

      negro please....that boy ain't nowhere near that level and never will be. i guess if someone doesn't like what you like, then that means they are a troll? stfu with that stupid ass shit.

    • Anonymous

      did you say nas. i did not see any bit of nas aggressiveness on cole world at all, gods gift came closest, and thats in my opinion the best song on the album. So please stop saying nas.

    • Anonymous

      A mix between Kanye and Nas is Lupe.

  • real

    big fan, big ups cole world till the end

  • Steph

    Wish him the best. He's a great a artist and has a bright future ahead of him. Best New Artist nominee!!

  • Sean Ryon

    What do you black folks think about my article?

  • jg

    coel world sucks. start producing full-time and stop rapping

  • TEXAS

    INTERNATIONAL MARKET MAKES SENSE BECAUSE IN THE USA WE LIKE REAL HIP HOP EVERY WHERE ELSE ITS JUST R&B SO J COLE WILL FIT IN

  • YESSIR

    NO MATTER WHAT J COLE DO HE WILL NEVER BE AS GOOD AS DRIZZY. J COLE WILL ALWAYS BE THE LIGHTSKIN NIGGA WHO OPEN FOR DRAKE AND RIHANNA

  • Anonymous

    Dont put any fucking songs that you released for free two years ago either nigga. Cole World had too many songs from the mixtapes.

    • Josiah Perez

      How could he possibly have left songs as good as Lights Please and In The Morning off the album? There are a lot of people that have never heard the mixtapes that haven't heard those songs before. Lights Please is timeless, it's one of the best hip hop songs ever made. If that's not album worthy then I don't know what is, even if he released it 5 years ago. And In The Morning? Easily the most radio friendly track with the most hit potential, it would be stupid not to include it.

    • stephan

      There were *two songs on it not too many. Foolishness.

    • Outtahere

      In the morning and Lights please are the only ones.. and Lights please got an upgrade. Classic song.

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