After revealing the album cover for his “Born Sinner” release, J. Cole announced that he will be pushing his release date up from June 25th to June 18th. As we all found out over the weekend, Yeezy Season has started and Kanye West‘s new solo album “Yeezus” drops the same day. Jermaine seems confident enough in his project to compete with Ye so he pushed his date up to go head to head with one of the greatest. Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies With The Sound Off” also drops that day as well. Should be a great day for hip hop. Here’s what he had to say about the situation in a convo with Billboard.
“Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date. I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought. It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him, But I know what I have.”