J. Cole has been hailed an elite rapper by most familiar with Hip Hop, and even had his spot further validated by Kendrick Lamar mentioning him in the infamous “Control” verse. During a recent interview with Noisey, J. Cole spoke on his current position in Hip Hop, but also mulled over the criticism often thrown his way. To some listeners, Cole’s music is too “boring.”
“It’s funny, but it’s sad. Everybody has their own style of music that they like. I could never let that affect me in the way I make music,” said Cole. “The people who like Soul Plane are probably gonna think Shawshank Redemption is boring. It’s not the end of the world. I just disconnect from it, man. You can’t be a commentator and a player at the same time. I don’t have the energy anymore to care about the small talk. It’s cool that people care, because five years ago, nobody cared, but I don’t care about the chattering. It’s becoming more and more like noise to me.”
Cole also spoke on selling more albums than Kanye West.
“I only get brief moments to appreciate things,” said Cole. “I might get a two minute thought of like, ‘Wow, you really did sell more than Kanye. You currently have sold more records than Kanye West’s album, which came out the same day.’ Then I’m back to focusing on what’s next.”