May 21, 2013
J. Cole Explains Why He Pushed His Sophomore Album Release Up One Week
The other day, J. Cole announced that he had moved the release date of his sophomore album, 'Born Sinner,' up one week from June 25th to June 18th. This means that Cole will be competing with Mac Miller's 'Watching With The Sound Off' and more notably Kanye West's 'Yeezus.' In a recent interview with Billboard, Jermaine explained why he wants to release his sophomore album on the same day as Kanye.
"Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date.’ I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought. It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have."