J. Cole Says He & Kendrick Lamar Turning Joint Mixtape Into Album ”Hip Hop Needs This” [Video]


Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole may be relative newcomers to the rap game, but in a short amount of time both have gained the respect of fans and critics.

The two have paired up for what was previously going to be a mixtape, now Cole says the music they’ve made so far is headed for an album instead.

I’m not settling for a mixtape because I feel we’re too talented for that and the music we’ve made so far is too good,” Cole told HardKnocksTV. “Right now we’ve got 4 or 5 bangers. I don’t want to waste them. ‘HiiiPower’ is one of those and [Kendrick] is using that [on his mixtape]‘Section.80.’ But I don’t want to do that with the others, I want to build. Even if it takes 9-10 months whatever, I feel like the final outcome of that project is something that hip hop needs.

During the rest of the extensive interview Cole talks about the beat he’s picked out for the Jay-Z collaboration on his debut album, Wale’s new hot record with DJ Toomp, his single “Workout” and more.

Check it out below.