J.Cole caught his big break when Jay Z signed him to Roc Nation in 2009, so two albums into his own career, Cole found the right moment to pay it forward. He recently inked a deal with Interscope to launch his own label, Dreamville Records, headed up by a new artist named Bas.
Bas has already dropped two volumes of his Quarter Water Raised Me mixtape series, but his first official label release was the April EP Last Winter. The project’s title was inspired by the brutal New York winters that Bas spent recording in his parents’ basement, so MTV News took a trip out to Queens to learn more about the Dreamville signee, in that same basement where he recorded. Check it out above.