J Cole on Self Producing Most Album, Lost Ones Leak, Jay-Z being hands off

http://www.hardknock.tv Exclusive in-depth interview with J Cole! Part 2 starts with Cole talking about the title of the debut album "Cole World -- The Sideline Story" and how it came about. The album has evolved from when we first interviewed Cole almost 3 years ago from having NO ID producing most of it to Cole producing most of it. Cole wants to have 15 songs saying Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has 15, Kanye's College Drop out has 15, even though Jay-Z wants 14. Cole addresses the criticism that he should work with more mainstream producers saying he has something to prove about his own production. He would rather go out swinging on his own than go ask Swizz Beatz for a radio record. No diss to Swizz intended. How can you knock a man for trying to take control of his own destiny?? Cole says that he has been producing since day 1 and tells the story of the first song he ever did saying he did the beat from one of his Moms cd and wrote the story to that. He was 15 and the song is called The Storm. Cole says that he appreciates Jay-Z being hands off and its Jay'z respect for Cole's artistic vision that has allowed Cole to do his own thing. As the conversation moves along Cole speaks on the High and Lows of the journey, which has been the making of Cole World- The Sideline Story. Speaking of frustrations he says that the leak of Lost Ones hurt cause the song wasn't finished and he wanted fans to hear it with in context of the whole album but at the end of the day Cole says his destiny is his destiny and he doesn't see leaks hurting him. Want more??!!! Stay tuned for part 3! Make sure to subscribe to www.youtube.com/hardknocktv to get our latest videos including part 3 with J Cole dropping Monday!

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