Could Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole be the new Jay-Z and Kanye West? After months of rumors and whispers, it looks like a joint album between the talented up-and-comers is going to be a reality. In a recent radio interview, J. Cole confirmed that the two MCs are in the studio recording together.
“I just started working with Kendrick the other day,” Cole revealed in an interview with Bootleg Kev of Las Vegas radio station Hot 97.5. "We got it in, finally, again. [There’s going to be an] album, man.”
The idea of a collaborative album between K-Dot and J-Dot seemingly came about after the two BET Music Matters artists recorded “HiiiPower,” a standout cut from Kendrick’s acclaimed 2011 LP Section.80 that Cole produced. “We actually worked, bouncing ideas, which was great,” Cole said. “The vibe was so good that it was like, man, [the album is] absolutely gonna happen. We got maybe four or five [songs] together."
J. Cole also spoke about his recent Twitter hiatus, saying that he’s focused on making new music, not being a trending topic.
“I’m not on Twitter no more, I’m not doing it and I’m not going to," he said. "I’m sitting and on watching all these artists who I respect — some of them are big artists — on Twitter fighting for attention. Every tweet is like, I’m looking for attention. Retweet me! It comes from this place of fear, like I don’t want people to forget about me. But really your body of work speaks for you, so it’s doing work even when you’re not knowing it. But because people ain’t talking about you on Twitter or your mixtape ain't trending, you feel a certain kind of way. But when it's my time, I'm gonna load up all my clips and I'm gonna empty 'em out."
To hear the rest of the interview, in which J. Cole also discusses his new album, his recording process and performing with Drake, check out BootlegKev.com.
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