Roc Nation’s J. Cole has addressed the public attempting to speculate a rift between himself and Young Money artist Drake.
Cole expressed his feelings on how media sources and the fans try to ignite a beef between them.
“I do, but it’s not working, they don’t understand that it’s not working,” he told reporter Amaiya Davis in an interview about whether he feels media is targeting them. “I know Drake, we speak or whatever the case is, so that’s not even an issue. It doesn’t really come from the publications, it comes from the people. Like the fans are so eager to see some sh*t like that, they live for sh*t like that, which is cool, I understand where it’s coming from. You can’t just make up a beef man, that’s just not how this thing works.” (Hip Hop DX)
Drake recently pointed out similarities between Drake and rap veteran Nas.
“I’m at the starting line,” Drake said in an interview. “Those guys are at home, putting on their tracksuits, getting ready to make their attack. When J. Cole gets it super-right, I think he’s gonna have a place as a Nas-type character who really stands for hip-hop, but still makes ill records that everybody f*cks with.” (Complex)
However, Cole later turned down the Nas compliment.
“Comparisons are natural,” Cole said in an interview. “But in this particular instance, and no disrespect to [Drake’s] opinion, because that’s how he feels, but I feel like it’s too early. You can’t call things like that, that early. You can’t say I’m Nas because, look, Nas was in the game for 16 years. What if I’m not here next year? What if you’re not here next year? I don’t think you can say stuff like that this early, but I understand what people are saying. At his status right now, he’s the most talked-about guy in the game. The Nas comparison is like, ‘He gets a little bit beyond the surface,’ but I feel like when it comes to those comparisons, it’s way to early. And you never know, 10 years from now, I could be Jay.” (MTV)
Earlier this month, Nas gave props to both emcees in an interview.
“We love them, all of them,” Nas said referring to rap newcomers. “Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Drake, Nicki Minaj, everybody. We love them. They’re extended family right there. I think J. Cole is fire. I think Drake is fire too. Those are the next ones up, we just have to see have to see what they do, get to the plate and hold that bat up and knock it out the park.” (Rap-Up)
Check out Nas speaking on Drake & J. Cole below: