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J. Cole talks New Generation Rappers, Love for Basketball, Cigarettes habit at age 6

J. Cole says he's envious of people who lives peaceful, normal life & doesn't look at himself as a leader to the new generation in latest episode of Lead by Example with Bob Myers.

J. Cole sits down with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers

Bob Myers × J. Cole

The North Carolina-bred spitter joined Warriors’ GM Bob Myers on the latest episode of the Lead By Example podcast where he shed light on his childhood, exposure to cigarettes, parenthood, and his careers in both music and basketball. As one of the few rappers who’ve leaped from music to basketball, J Cole broke down his work ethic and his goal-driven personality.

In the 55:30 minute interview, J. Cole talks getting a whooping by his mother for cigarettes at the age of six and how he felt when she found out. He explained to Myers that he would hang around his older brother’s friends, trying to find a way to fit in. “To them, it’s funny – they’re 10 themselves – so it’s funny for themselves. Nobody’s really worried about me. They’re 10 and smoking cigarettes,” he recalled. “This is going on for 2-3 weeks. One day, I’m down the street at a house where it was happening at and my brother comes up and I asked one of our homeboys in the neighborhood, ‘You got any cigarettes?’”

Elsewhere, Cole details fatherhood, basketball vs. music, finding validation as a rapper, what winning a GRAMMY was like, what he wants for his children and a whole lot more. Check it out above.


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