[artist id=”3216320″]J. Cole[/artist] has been riding a wave of momentum ever since his appearance on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 track “A Star Is Born.” While Cole’s underground acclaim started with the release of his second mixtape, The Warm-Up, back in June, the Jay feature, as well as his sold-out show at New York’s S.O.B.’s , put him on the mainstream radar.
When the single “Who Dat,” from his yet-untitled debut album, dropped last week, it left many wondering when the album would drop. Cole was on Shade 45’s “The All Out Show” on Tuesday, and he explained that nothing was concrete, but it’s likely to be late summer.
“They ain’t gave me no date yet, but I’ll just say August myself, because that’s what feels right and that’s what it looks like, trajectory-wise,” Cole said.
When MTV News caught up with him at S.O.B.’s in March, he said he felt like the material he was coming with was the perfect setup for what’s to come.
“You might have an incredible single or an incredible song, and if you just set it up the wrong way, it won’t go as far as it could’ve went,” he said. “I feel like Jay’s last album had the perfect setup, single-wise. So it’s really about finding the right setup, and then from there, it’s up to the people to decide.”
J. Cole said he thinks his album is phenomenal, but it’s ultimately up to the people to decide. Along with his own production work, Cole had a chance to work with a variety of A-list hitmakers. He worked with Salaam Remi and Pharrell and said his experience with Jim Jonsin was the most fruitful.
“When you think Jim Jonsin, he has #1’s. His #1’s include [Lil Wayne’s] “Lollipop” and Beyoncé and huge pop records. So when I went in there, of course I’m not going in there with an attitude. I’m going in there really like, ‘OK, what’s about to come out of this?’ Because, man, that’s really not my style. The first beat he played me was like, ‘Whoa.’ And he hadn’t heard my stuff really, but the first beat he played me was custom-fit for me.”
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