Roc Nation artist J. Cole shook up the entertainment world twice in the last few weeks. First, it was by showing up un-announced to March with protestors in New York City after the announcement of no indictment for the officer who killed Eric Garner.
The second was the announcement of the new album. Both moves speak a lot about Cole as a person. While most artists prep fans for months before they decide to release an album. J.Cole announced the release of his 3rd studio album 2 weeks before it was available for purchase.
And while most entertainers chose to either stay quiet while thousands marched globally in opposition of the recent rulings of not guilty for police officers who shot and killed un-armed Black men, Cole silently marched with protestors. Minus a random selfie snapped by someone in the crowd, no one would’ve known he was out there.
That’s just Jermaine Cole I guess. He lets the music do the talking for him. So far in his career, it’s been doing a great job.
Recently, the normally quiet J. Cole sat down with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelly with NPR Microphone Check about his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Eric Garner and the protests and more.
Stream his interview here