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J. Cole Speaks On Jay-Z, Mannie Fresh, J. Cardmin & XXL

Posted by J. Tinsley on July 6, 2009

Still the release of his latest project, the anticipation and respect for J. Cole by the hip-hop community has increased damn near tenfold. In a sense, it feels as if I helped promote Roc Nation’s #1 draft pick from my own little corner of the universe. While I still have a few untagged Cole tracks that didn’t make “The Warm Up”, rock with this interview with Cole (who is quickly moving up the list for best interviewee) for now.

The Fayetteville, N.C., native chops it up about Jay-Z and J. Cardim (one of the more talented producers in the industry). Cole also expresses his admiration for Mannie Fresh, a name I’ve always believed doesn’t garner the true respect he deserves for what he meant to hip-hop on the production side of the spectrum.

More so than many artists (new and established), Cole’s best attribute is his ability to appear down to Earth at all times, even if he has been blessed with what some would say is the “opportunity” of a lifetime. All the while doing with a Corona and a fresh team fitted (none of that other weird color combination nonsense). I can respect that.

Flashback: J. Cole–The Warm Up| J. Cole x DJ Tay James x J. Tinsley–American Dreamin’ (A History Lesson On J. Cole)


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