J. Cole Says Kanye West Has The Right To Test Boundaries

J. Cole comments on Kanye West and Jay Z dumbing down their music, says it was a smart move.

North Carolina rapper J. Cole may not have watched fellow artist Kanye West’s hour-long interview with BBC Radio 1, but the Carolina wordsmith did comment on the interview based on a handful of clips he did manage to see.

While speaking on Ye’s interview, Cole defended the G.O.O.D. Music rapper’s right to say and do what he wants and specifically referred to Kanye and other artist’s “poetic license.”

“I think there’s no rules. You can say what you want,” said Cole. “You know what I mean? Like you can say what you want whether you want to press people’s buttons or whether that’s how you really feel. That’s your poetic license. Is to test people’s boundaries. That’s the only way we still know we have boundaries. If nobody says something that makes us go ‘Wait a minute. I’m not fuckin with that. I’m not fuckin with him bringing Jesus on stage.’ Well shit, you didn’t know you had a boundary until he did it. You know what I mean? So, as an artist I respect him for pressing that button and making you react a certain way. You know what I mean? That’s amazing.”

Cole continued to speak on Kanye and the double standards he feels exists when it concerns the rapper and music in general. The Born Sinner crafter even went on to question why fans are okay with someone rapping about murdering people, but are up in arms when someone is actually killed.

“Nobody has a problem with the nigga that caught 1,000 bodies on his record,” he said. “Nobody’s up in arms about that…But yet when somebody actually gets murdered. When niggas actually get murdered in Chicago or a police officer actually kills somebody, now you have a problem. So, you don’t have a problem with the man that just told you he killed somebody on his record. Not that I care cause I listen to it too, but you right, it’s funny the things we pick and choose to care about. Or you only care when the police officer kills a young, black male, but you don’t even give a fuck when a young, black male kills a young, black male.”

The Dreamville representer’s comments on Kanye were followed by Cole sharing his thoughts on dumbing down his music. He revealed that he’s past that point in his career and also spoke on artists including Kanye and Jay Z dumbing down their music for fans.

“I’m past that. You go through it though,” said Cole. “Because when you’re a student of the game and you study what works you see what works. And when we say ‘dumbed down’ I don’t mean become dumb. Dumbed down is actually being smart. It’s being smart. And I’ll give you an example…He’s [Kanye] writing lines that he knows are so simple for you. He’s not trying to go over your head. He’s putting it on a platter for you. He’s setting you up. Jay Z is the same dude that used to rap like this ‘badaddada.’ Reasonable Doubt was the most intricate shit, but he learned ‘Man, let me feed it to the people better.’”

This summer, J. Cole found himself competing directly against Kanye when both Born Sinner and Yeezus were released in June. Although Yeezus initially out sold Born Sinner in first week sales, Cole’s sophomore effort would later go on to outsell Yeezus.

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33 Comments

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo8tr4DjVaM

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQQiG7rAuyw

  • Anonymous

    This nigga look like he have a stroke, mouth always hangin open like that.

  • sxxx9

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExH5VU5iq9Q

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUtS3biY1mA

  • Anonymous

    The Quadrinity: Father, Son, Holy Ghost, Ye.

  • Anonymous

    The Wizard of Oz has a double meaning too.. (the Placebo Effect of thinking you can be "granted" or "given" what you ALREADY HAVE INSIDE (courage, heart, brain, etc..) from a "wizard" ("god") that DOES NOT EXIST..

  • magmatic123

    dumbing down is a negative NY term for rappers who think saying a bunch of technical BS is hip hop...keep it simple its not brain surgery

  • EvenOdd

    Cole looks high as shit in these interviews

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  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka--kfhv0WY

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whCFxaRZRoA

  • xx009

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06XQCZ6zYAc

  • Robert S. Proffitt

    until I saw the draft ov $8259, I have faith that...my... father in law was like they say actualey taking home money in their spare time on their apple laptop.. there friend brother has been doing this for under twelve months and a short time ago took care of the depts on there appartment and bourt a brand new Mini Cooper. look at here... www.Fb39.com but there are multiple comic book arcs they could have chosen. no one needed to see uncle ben die yet again.

  • Anonymous

    coles is better the kabye and jay right now..

    • fuccya

      They already famous, already done it, did it and they did better, no matter how worse their next stuff get. And kendrick is the one jcole is in the same league with along drake, so shit is the same.

    • Anonymous

      this is why i said right now.. there falling off nobody was talking about kendrick

    • fuccya

      Even if they were worse, those aint the only things Jay-Z and Kanye got, so you know... First is considered a legend and second a platinum star with classics, jcole got nothin on them. And im not even a fan of first two nor a hater of the latter, he just a rookie who needs to act like one, or step the rap game up first and THEN talk big. Altho this more applies to Kendrick.

    • Anonymous

      you put yezzus or mchg over born sinner lol?

  • fuccya

    Maybe he has, but who the fuck is j cole to tell?

    • fuccya

      Beside the shit with rookies and those who in the game for decade... anyone can speak his mind but not anyone can be judgin for better or worse someone selling out, dumbing down, makin pop while doin the exact same thing, that is ridiculous! And this right here I think theres no rules. You can say what you want, Is either bullshit that means nothin or beginning of the end if he serious, coz its called a game and it got rules. Break em and youre either lucky or about to fall. First means i dont think he dares to do shit Kanye does, so he wont test no boundaries, and if he does gettin out of crazy controversial shit and hatred lucky or failing career is the outcomes.

    • Rap Rekordz

      I UNDERSTAND WHAT U ARE SAYING FUCCYA ABOUT J.COLE BEING A ROOKIE AND ALL BUT U CANT SAY HE HASN'T STEPPED UP HIS GAME SINCE HIS DEBUT ALBUM I MEAN TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A COME BACK AND OUT SELL KANYE IN SALES IS A SIGN THAT J.COLE IS IMPROVING SO U CAN SAY WHAT U WANT BUT THAT'S THE TRUTH DUDE IF ANYTHING J.COLE NEEDS TO ACT MORE LIKE A EVOLVING MC HE PUT IN WORK AND AFFORD ON HIS SOPHOMORE ALBUM BORN SINNER AND IT HAS BEEN A BIG SUCCESS BETTER THAN COLE WORLD THE SIDELINE STORY SHIT EVEN THE FANS HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT SO J.COLE IS BACK ON TRACK AS FAR AS WHAT WE WERE EXPECTING OUT OF HIM HOWEVER THERE IS STILL LOTS OF ROOM FOR COLE TO IMPROVE HE JUST NEEDS TO PUT MORE OF HIS MIXTAPE SUCCESS INTO HIS NEXT ALBUM ALONG WITH HIS ALREADY GOOD RAP LYRICS, AND PRODUCING SKILLS HE WILL NOT DOUBT ECLIPSE HE'S TWO FIRST STUDIO ALBUMS SO REALLY J.COLE DESERVES CREDIT FOR AFFORD HE PUTS HIS HEART AND SOUL INTO HIS WORK AND Y'ALL CAN'T LIE THAT IS IMPORTANT AND J.COLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEAK HIS MIND ABOUT KANYE AND JAY Z DUMBING DOWN THEIR MUSIC SHIT THEY ARE MENTIONS TO HIM LOL U LEARN FROM THE BEST MAN THEY ARE SOME OF THE GREATS KANYE AND JAY Z AND THE THINK IT'S OK FOR J.COLE TO HAVE A SAY ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY ARE SOME OF THE ICONS J.COLE LOOKS UP TO AND IDOLIZESS NEXT TO NAS THAT IS AND NAS WAS THE ONE WHO TOLD J.COLE ON MADE NAS PROUD TO SAY WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND CAUSE THOSE WORDS WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME SO TELL ME Y'ALL HOW IS J.COLE WRONG FOR THIS HOW IS HE WRONG FOR SAYING KANYE CAN OVER STEP HIS BOUNDARY AND DUMB DOWN REAL HIP HOP MUSIC WHEN HIP HOP ARTISTS NOW A DAYS DO THAT SHIT 24-7 T.I. DOES IT, LUPE FIASCO, DOES IT JAY-Z DOES IT AND OH YEAH EMINEM HAS DONE IT TO IF U DON'T BELIEVE ME GO DO YOUR HOMEWORK

  • Anonymous

    Yes Kanye has the right to say/do what he wants. And we have the right to say what he does is stupid, and that his album was terrible.

  • Socorro Steele

    up to I saw the paycheck which said $8732, I didnt believe ...that...my mom in-law could truley receiving money part-time from there pretty old laptop.. there uncle has done this for only a year and as of now repaid the debts on their villa and got themselves a Alfa Romeo. check it out... www.Fb39.com Theres always been sumthin about you that I was able to relate to. The way you laid it out, made me an instant fan. Believe that!!!! You've always "kept it right" and that why the love you get is and will always be geniune! K.I.M

  • anonymous

    Cole been that dude since the warm up, but this shit right here is disturbing. It's coming to a point where an artist can do ANYTHING and people back it up by saying "it's art" and "he's pushing the boundaries". Get the fuck outta here. Cole get serious, you know damn well you wouldn't be caught dead doing that dumb shit Kanye doing right now. You saying you "let Nas down" by dumbing down your music, but now you defending it? Cole, smarten up my dude.

    • Hey

      Anonymous, you're a faggot.

    • JCole

      Let me put it to you like this: if you're at the club and you find this sexy honeydip to dance with, how long y'all think y'all two gonna dance once Gangstarr's "Mass Appeal" comes on? Think about it, some shit is way too technical. Nobody wants to party to a song with brooding, intellectual properties. You want to recite lyrics that are of a simplistic nature and good natured. Dumbing down a song isn't wrong, it's just that it helps in certain situations.

  • Shaq

    Javale McGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Anonymous

    fuck that shit goes back to badaddada lyriocs

  • Anonymous

    and the whole world got the right to clown that nigga when he fails and freaks out

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