[photogallerylink id=130453 align=left][lastfm link_type="artist_info"]J. Cole[/lastfm] has certainly made his boss, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm], a pretty pleased man. The Roc Nation artist has been on the rise since his debut album Cole World: A Sideline Story struck a chord with mainstream audiences and went gold. But the accolades didn’t end there as Cole was recently nominated for this year’s Best New Artist Grammy award and a humble Jermaine was totally surprised.
“I wasn’t thinking people had seen what I had done, so I had already kind of prepared myself for the let down. But it caught me off guard,” said the North Carolina native.
He hasn’t exactly counted himself all the way out though, “It would be incredible to win. That’s an understatement … since I didn’t even expect to get nominated. But I’m not walking in there with the attitude that I’m the guy [to beat]. But if I won, I’d know why. And if I didn’t win, I’d understand.”
While it seems Cole is getting way more playing time than he expected, he did speak on why he has been staying off the sidelines this go round, “I don’t think it was one thing” he told reporters. “I think it was a combination of putting out quality projects like mixtapes that sounded like albums. We only call them mixtapes because they are free. And I’ve been touring for two and a half years straight. I just put the album out two months ago. I already had a strong foundation of fans, I just wasn’t sure that they would buy the album.”
Well, we did. And it was amazing. In fact bossman Jay only had great things to say about his North Carolina prodigy. For him, Cole’s success has been more than adequate and noted that in his eyes “Cole already won the Grammy.”
J. Cole “In The Morning” [Explicit]
- Who do you think will win Best New Artist? J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, Skrillex, or Bon Iver?