J. Cole recently stopped by the Combat Jack Show to discuss a wide range of topics via digital podcast.

During the two-hour sit-down, Cole reflected on his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, “Fire Squad”, wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar and more.

After describing his volatile childhood experience, Cole spoke openly about Jay’s response to the album and its commercial success.

“He was fuckin’ with it,” Cole said in regards to his label boss’s critiques. “We had a crazy talk it just so happened my album was about everything we talked about…He gave me amazing feedback on the album.”

Cole also says he had no clue that 2014 Forest Hills Drive would be the highest selling Hip Hop album of the year. Prior to its release, Cole explained that although he knew it was his best effort thus far, he had to come to grips with his self that the album might flop, due to its uncanny promotion.

After Combat Jack played “Fire Squad” on the broadcast, Cole shared his thoughts behind his fierce last verse.

“I’d never go at Eminem,” he confesses. “It’s not even Iggy Azalea’s fault, she’s chasing her dream. It doesn’t matter the quality of her music but I have to comment, it’s my job to tell you what’s on my mind in the slickest way ever…When history is told Macklemore is in them books, Iggy Azalea’s in them books.”

Cole also spoke about his relationship with Kendrick and detailed the first time he ever met the T.D.E. rapper.

It was 2010, when they first crossed paths to Cole’s knowledge, at a party in L.A. An unknown Kendrick performed and Cole says, he had to let him know he was ill. Kendrick eventually sent him a couple of records and ever since, Cole has felt “compelled” to give him jewels because he knew what Kendrick was going through.

“I wanted to sign this nigga,” Cole says. ” I was like ‘who the fuck is a Top Dawg?’ Then it turned into some shit where he blew the fuck up and reached levels that I haven’t reached. I didn’t know that nigga’ would go platinum before me.”

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