Roc Nation rapper J. Cole recently revealed how his inexperience cost him hit records that wound up benefiting rap stars like Nas and Maybach Music Group head Rick Ross.
According to Cole, he initially had the opportunity to keep Nas’ Life Is Good anthem “Stay” while working alongside G.O.O.D. Music affiliate No I.D.
Cole, still new to industry, didn’t realize that he had no claims to the beat until he actually paid for it. And by the time he’d made a decision, it was too late. “As time goes on, I’m not solidifying it, which basically means I’m not locking down the beat from No I.D. Long story short, I didn’t buy that beat from No I.D., and Nas bought that beat,” he said, clearly still remorseful. “He didn’t even know I did a joint on it either. I don’t even know if he knows, but I had that sh– first.” When Cole finally reached out to No I.D for “Stay,” he got this response: “Yo, Nas got that beat.” (MTV)
Along with the “Stay” loss, Cole said he suffered the same fate with Rick Ross’ “Tears of Joy.”
Getting burned twice will really make that lesson stick, and he learned once again with a song that later appeared on Ross’ Teflon Don album. “The same thing happened with ‘Tears of Joy.’ I smacked myself. That’s two classics that was supposed to be mine,” he said. “But ‘Tears of Joy,’ I couldn’t have did what Ross did on that, because [I] was in a bad place. Me and No I.D. was in the studio, but the label was on me about some hits, so it was a bad session. I squeezed out a verse on ‘Tears of Joy,’ but I was not in a good place to do anything close to what Ross did on that. But I still smack myself about those.” (MTV)
Last week, the Roc Nation rapper dropped his new “Power Trip” single.
Rapper J. Cole just dropped a new single called ‘Power Trip,’ which features Grammy-winning artistMiguel. This is the duo’s first collaboration since appearing together on their 2010 hit, ‘All I Want Is You.’ Produced by Cole himself, the Roc Nation artist yearns about his “longest crush ever,” one that keeps him up all night. “She’s on a power trip, she got me where she want a n— / Wifin’ in the club, man my homies’ gon’ disown a n—,” he raps. (The Drop)
He is currently working on the follow-up to 2011’s Cole World: The Sideline Story.
J. Cole fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on his sophomorealbum Born Sinner. The Roc Nation rapper has delayed the project. While hosting a New Year’s Eve gig at TAO Las Vegas, Cole revealed that the follow-up to his 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story won’t arrive on his 28th birthday, as previously announced. “It’s not gonna make January 28. It’s gonna be a little later than that. I needed more time,” he told PopStop TV. The first single, “Miss America,” was released in November. (Rap-Up)
Check out “Stay” & “Tears of Joy”: