J. Cole returns to his roots in Queens
Times have changed for J. Cole: He went from serious debt to rolling in dough from a certified gold album, "Born Sinner." That doesn't mean he's forgotten his humble beginnings, though.
The Roc Nation rapper was raised in a tiny townhouse in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y. Now, fans will get a glimpse of what life was like for him growing up in the cramped apartment when MTV airs "Life & Rhymes: J.Cole." In this special program, he'll return to his old neighborhood to explore how his upbringing inspired his lyrics, particularly for "Crooked Smile."
"My senior year of college, and then the 'broke struggle period' of barely surviving and floating I was there," J. Cole explained, as quoted by MTV News.
According to XXL magazine, viewers will even get to see his old landlord from the building, Mohammed, who let him get behind on rent. Fans might recall that Mohammed was mentioned in the rapper's hit song "Power Trip." Eventually, J. Cole paid him back every cent of the thousands that he owed.
Do you think Cole's struggles made him a better artist?