According to a newly-surfaced photo, someone thought it’d be a nifty idea to vandalize the childhood home belonging to Fayetteville, North Carolina rap prodigy J. Cole, a residence that he repurchased and repurposed into a rent-free home for single mothers and families right on his home turf.
The photo circulated heavily across social media showing the residence that Cole grew up in, which also inspired his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, defaced with an ironically nonsensical phrase: “J. Cole…Do you even care about the ville?”
In 2014, the KOD artist bought the home back after his mother lost it to foreclosure years prior. “My goal is to have that be a haven for a family," Cole said on Combat Jack in light of the purchase. "So every two years, a new family will come in and live rent-free. The idea is that it's a single mother with multiple kids. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got the house."
According to ABC 11, his team did not confirm when the defacing occurred nor has Fayetteville police been involved, as they claim it was not reported. Thankfully, the words have since been painted over. But fans are rightfully livid about the vandalism, and they’ve got some choice words for the spray-painting perpetrator.
See their support for Cole and scorn for the culprit below.
Y’all can’t appreciate shit in the ville. This man come home and show love every time. Let strangers move in his own house, always giving donations on thanksgiving & back to school shit, always supporting Dennis, every song S/O the ville. Fuck y’all on? https://t.co/KfZuPWGdua— A $osa.✨ (@LilA3OO) June 1, 2018
It’s even in the name of his brand. Some people need to pic.twitter.com/ooKTKhfR6X— Hector Zeroni (@8OH4sFinest) June 2, 2018
Anything for likes and RTs these days huh pic.twitter.com/fVho0ySe1A— Your Favorite Troll! 😘 (@here_to_troll_x) June 3, 2018
Nigga.... please don't play with Cole name..if you got zero things Todo just sleep pic.twitter.com/b4cimEeATS— asane 🇿🇦 Mulweli (@A_sane_) June 3, 2018
someone put Graffiti on J. Cole’s old house where he lets people stay rent free— Johnny Boy | BXNY (@BXJohns) June 2, 2018
Cole has a whole foundation dedicated to the Ville & more
Did this person take the time out to ask what they are doing? But this person probably a lost person. Not all support is putting rappers on pic.twitter.com/pVRir361T6
J. Cole let’s single mothers stay in this house rent free and you dumb ass people just gonna go do this dumb ass shit. Fuck y’all. https://t.co/0qJBoo7zIA— TheBoyRaddus (@The_RAD) June 2, 2018
First off J Cole shouts out the Ville in almost every of not in all of his songs..secondly this is disrespectful asf. The house that this man grew up and that his mom lost and he bought back to rent out to struggling families and this is what yall do to it..smh🤦🏽♂️🤧 https://t.co/6HA3kFrpCa— Carter🇨🇻 (@Carter_tyg) June 3, 2018
Smh J cole do nice shit like let people live in his house for free and this what they do in the Ville? 😡 https://t.co/uEsZMgIAy2— Izzy 😘 (@izzyjedi) June 3, 2018
How do you ask J. Cole if he “even cares about the Ville” by spray painting the house he BOUGHT to let families in need IN THE VILLE live there rent free???? https://t.co/KwpOrEHlPj— CatchrHUB.com (@JaleelSpeaQs) June 2, 2018
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