Roc Nation’s J. Cole recently talked about fans’ desires to see him spark a lyrical battle with Young Money‘s platinum-selling superstar Drake.
Cole credits the buzz he & Drake have separately generated as the reason fans are salivating to witness a rhyme war between the two.
“From a fan’s point of view, who are you going to get excited about [to] battle? I feel like that’s why people push the J.Cole/Drake thing so much, ’cause I think we’re probably the first two artists that fans are super excited about. The two that they would like to see go at it. I don’t blame ‘em. But it’s just a sign of the times. Rap goes in cycles. I’m not promoting that, but I’m a competitive person in general, so I’m a fan of people throwing jabs and shots. That motivates me.” (VIBE)
Last May, Cole said listeners were hoping the two burgeoning stars would engage in a rap beef.
“I do, but it’s not working, they don’t understand that it’s not working,” he told writer 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 previously pointed out similarities between Cole and rap veteran Nas.
“I’m at the starting line,” Drake said in an interview. “Those guysare 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)
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