Wale: "J. Cole Is More of a Jerk Than Me"


Wale: "J. Cole Is More of a Jerk Than Me"

Rapper talks Complex outburst, not being a "media darling."

Published January 22, 2014

Late last year, Wale flipped out on Complex magazine for not adding his album to their year-end list of best releases. Days later, he explained the outburst to Hot 97 and now in a new radio interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club Tuesday (Jan. 21), the D.C. native talked more about his angry reaction to the list and jokingly threw J. Cole under the bus.

"It hurt my feelings, Complex," he said of the snub, directly addressing the publication. "It won't no more though, 'cause y'all showed y'all colors."

As for why it upset him so much, it all goes back to his "competitive nature" and the "sport of rhyming." The rapper admits he isn't in music for the money, he uses career obstacles (like getting dropped from Interscope Records early on) as "motivation," but he still wants the recognition. "I got the most played record ['Bad'] on urban radio and they didn't put it on the Grammys," the MMG star announced, taking aim at Kendrick Lamar's "Now or Never" (featuring Mary J. Blige) earning a nod in the Best/Rap Sung Collaboration category. "Kendrick got a song that's on NBA 2K14 as a bonus [track] and it's nominated in that category. Some people gon' say 'cause Kendrick is better than you.' Whatever." 

Later came the Cole assessment. "People love [J. Cole] and Cole's a jerk, yo," he said. "That's one of my best friends though, but Cole is a jerk, too. He's a jerk. He's more of a jerk than me. He's just quiet. He's quiet. He's light-skinned. I’m like black as... let's just let it be known now that I’m not gonna be a media darling. I’m not gon' be Janelle Monáe.

Expounding, he added, "You know what I’m saying? Janelle Monae talented as f--k. We can do the same amount of numbers, but she can get Good Morning America. A Saturday Night Live. She can get to sit on Letterman or something like that. We can do the same amount, but I ain't getting none of that. So, I've accepted it."

Also in the interview, Wale talks relationships and meeting his grandfather for the first time during a trip to Nigeria, which is chronicled in the upcoming REVOLT TV documentary Wale: I Am From.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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