J. Cole was in Manhattan promoting his involvement with the video game, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, last month, but he got on the phone with Noisey to discuss plenty of topics outside of gaming. Speaking with Ernest Baker, the Roc Nation rapper explained why he still feels like he’s got something to prove, even after out-selling Kanye West’s Yeezus, responded to the criticism that his music is “boring” — taking a blasphemous jab at the hood classic, Soul Plane, in the process — and offered a few words on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse (for real this time).
On out-selling Kanye West:
I don’t wake up every day like, ‘I got a great status in the rap game.’ No, I feel behind. I don’t feel like I’ve done enough. I only get brief moments to appreciate things. I might get a two minute thought of like, ‘Wow, you really did sell more than Kanye. You currently have sold more records than Kanye West’s album, which came out the same day.’ Then I’m back to focusing on what’s next.
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