J. Cole talks fears of failing
Up and coming rapper J. Cole might have Hov signing his checks, but the young MC still fears failure and admits the anxiety feeds his hunger to make it. The hip hop star discussed his future aspirations as well as his humble beginnings in the upcoming issue of Billboard magazine.
Cole, 26, always loved rap music and even waited outside of Jay-Z's New York City studio in hopes that he would meet the rapper and see his dreams through. Though Cole didn't meet up with Jay in that nature, he did become the first artist signed to Jay's Roc Nation label later on. After working with the mogul, he released his debut album, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," and surprised everyone when it dropped at No. 1 and sold 217,000 copies in the first week.
Despite a boost in confidence, Cole, whose second album "Born Sinner" is set to his shelves June 18, is nervous about how well the CD will do. An added pressure? Jay's close friend and fellow artist Kanye West, is releasing his sixth studio album, "Yeezus," the same day.
"I am not half as big of an artist," Cole told the magazine regarding West. "He's legendary. He's one of the greatest artists of this generation. But I just have that competitive spirit about me."
Fans will soon get to see who tops the charts.
Do you like J. Cole? Would you be more eager to pick up his or West's upcoming album?