J. Cole in 2014
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J. Cole is proving once again why he’s probably your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. Before 2014 ended, Cole released his long-awaited 2014 Forest Hills Drive album to rave reviews and even penned a poignant song in response to Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson, Mo.

As part of the promotion of 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Cole actually invited fans from social media into his childhood home in Fayetteville, N.C., for exclusive listening sessions. In 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Cole discussed the trials he faced growing up, including the time his mother lost the house, and his decision to buy it back. Although he no longer lives in the house, in a recent interview with The Combat Jack Show, Cole explained how excited he had been to move into the now-popular address, and how he plans on giving back to single mothers and kids.


“Nah, I don’t really live there,” Cole stated. “What we gon’ do, we still working it out right now. Obviously it’s a detailed, fragile situation I don’t wanna play with. My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids, and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent-free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”

J. Cole, you win at life, especially when you go out of your way to make someone else’s easier.


Listen to the full interview below:

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