During a sit-down with Soul Culture, J. Cole divulged some very personal information about being depressed during the making of Born Sinner. Peep what he said below:
"There’s a mentality that I had that was never shaken, it was quiet, it wasn’t outspoken, it was all in [my head]. The minute that changes and now I’m dealing with a mind-state I’ve never had to deal with before — which is fighting all these negative thoughts — that’s the dark place I’m talking about. My self-conscious kind of shattered, you know what I mean? Trying to fight against that, writing my way out of it."