We haven't heard much new music from J. Cole since he dropped his Roc Nation debut Cole World: The Sideline Story last fall, but the North Carolina native made an appearance at Mike Barber and DJ Spynfo’s Mic Check showcase in NYC last night where he shared a new verse from a track called "Chaining Day" Before spitting the verse, though, Cole also explained why we haven't heard too much from him lately.
“I ain’t drop nothing in a while because I feel like we in this digital age where sh-- moves so fast," he said. "N----s got songs every week, you can’t even keep up with this sh--.”
While introducing his verse--which he was spitting for the first time--he told the audience, "This is about where I'm at now, about being a smart young man who was supposed to know better. I told myself I would never become that guy. I'ma be a rapper but I ain't never gonna be that ni--a," he said, before pointing to his huge chain and laughing. "And then..what happened?"
Check out the freestyle below.