News: J. Cole Announces Roc Nation Debut Deadline, "[It's Dropping] Absolutely No Later Than..."
Sunday, Jun 12, 2011 11:11AM
Roc Nation's J. Cole appears just as tired of delays as his fans by promising to finally put out a long-awaited debut album no later than this fall.
While an exact date has yet to be penciled in, Cole said September is the latest his LP will drop.
"I'm trying to find ways to word it without sounding overly egotistical, and I want to remain humble, but also let people know it's actually (really) incredible," Cole said about the new LP. "I'm sitting on gold, man. I don't wanna speak it up too much but I'm super confident in it. I'm super proud." The album is due "absolutely no later than September," says Cole, who's been reticent to release an album title or date until both are set in stone. (Detroit News)
In late May, Cole claimed a Kanye West sample track caused a single delay.
"I sampled a Kanye West song, but the problem is, [there's] like five writers that he gave credit to," Cole said in a Ustreambroadcast. "When you're clearing a sample, every writer has to be contacted. So you have to contact each and every one of them and get it cleared, so it's tougher than the average one. As soon as it clears, we're puttin' it out. It's perfect for the summer. It's beautiful -- I can't wait 'til y'all hear it and then hear the sample and the original and how I did it. I don't feel like nobody would've thought to flip it like that or even would've heard that part." (Ustream)
A week prior, Cole promised to deliver his new record and move forward with the Roc Nation debut album promo.
"We finally married a single and we picked it, so that's next week. There's no more holdup," Cole explained. "As of next week, you'll see me on full-fledged promo mode." (Ms. Drama TV)
Last winter, Cole talked about having to deal with the LP's slow but steady progress.
"Man, I thought my album would've been out right around now. But one thing I've learned in this game is you never know anything. I remember when they gave me the release date of October 26. I was so hyped. But I soon knew that wasn't gonna happen. I haven't even had a consistent three weeks in the studio. I'm blessed enough to be able to go out on the road. I get a good week in the studio but then I'm off for a show. But I still managed to pull off what I think is an incredible album." (RESPECT)
Check out a recent J. Cole interview below: