J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have been teasing the hip hop world with the possibility of a joint album for over a year now. During an interview with Hartford, Connecticut’s HOT 93.7 yesterday (February 28), Cole confirmed that the highly anticipated collaboration is “still happening.”
"We got in (the studio) a few times," said Cole to Jenny Boom Boom before promising fans an incredible project and comparing working with Kendrick to working with his little cousin. "There’s not a lot of fronting involved with either of us. I feel like that’s the new wave."
In November 2012 Kendrick told fans to expect the still untitled album to drop unexpectedly without a release date. "We gon drop that out the sky," said Kendrick. "I ain’t gonna give no dates, no nothing. I'm just gonna let it fall," the Compton MC told the LA Leakers.
With both coming off of wildly successful debut albums, Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story and Kendrick’s good kid m.A.A.d. city, fans are starving for more from the rising stars. Cole’s sophomore effort, Born Sinner, is expected to drop in summer 2013 while Kendrick recently explained to Miss Info that he’s not ready to begin work on his follow up and is currently content to "live in the moment."
"I haven't locked in album mode," revealed K Dot. "I write every day, though. I have ideas all the time, but me going in the studio and locking in, and making the next album — I don't wanna force things." Cole recently released the lead single for Born Sinner, an experimental collaboration with Miguel titled "Power Trip."
"Commercially, I just hope it’s successful again," said Cole in reference to his follow up. "I hope it’s even more successful. I hope it crushes it in terms of sales and critical acclaim. So I just want those two things to happen."
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