On Tuesday, Cole celebrated his birthday with a sold-out show in New York City, dropped a new mixtape, announced his new Interscope label deal and was the proud recipient of Jigga’s original Roc-A-Fella chain .
Bas, Cole’s new artist signed to Dreamville Records, didn’t get any bling, but got some cold hard cash from the Roc Nation boss.
“It’s funny. I came offstage and I went in the green room and Jay came up to me and was like, ‘Dope set.’ Then he dapped me and gave me two $2 bills,” Bas said on “RapFix Live” Wednesday. “I got ‘em in my wallet right now. I’m keeping them forever.”
Bas didn’t reveal if there was any significance behind Jay’s gesture, but he did say that the Magna Carta MC had a stack of the bills. He was still blown away by it all.
“I wrote my first raps three-and-a-half years ago, this could’ve completely passed me and I just caught a bug and I was lucky enough to be in a situation where I had great guidance in Cole and [Dreamville president Ibrahim Hamad] and people that guided me the right directions to get me to where I’m at now,” Bas said. “That stage last night was almost like a culmination of four years of work.”
The Queens, New York, MC makes key appearances on Cole’s latest Revenge of the Dreamers , and on March 6 looks, to release his Last Winter, a conceptual project that harkens back to the rapper’s days of recording in a cold New York City. “We were just broke and cold in my basement and every time we would make a hot record, we’d be like, ‘Last winter,’ ” Bas recalled. “Next winter we’ll go to L.A. to record, we’ll go to Hawaii, whatever, but we’re gonna get out of this situation.