J. Cole’s third studio album, which is an ode to his childhood home, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, is almost here and to ready fans for its arrival he has given us access through his December/January 2015 cover story for Complex. The “Power Trip” rapper also spoke about the idea of early retirement. He says it’s not something he is thinking about but if his upcoming album was his last that he would be content with that.
“I don’t know. I love doing it, so I’m not going to use that as [a sales pitch], like, “Last album—make sure you go out and buy.” But I’m content if this is my last one, going out like this. Listen to all my music and you’ll hear this nigga who went to New York City and started with a dream; he gained his confidence and his step with The Warm Up and was here to show y’all niggas “I’m the best”—and Friday Night Lights put a stamp on that. Sideline Story was like, “I have to figure this shit out and sell records.” Born Sinner was “Fuck, that wasn’t how I wanted to do it. I gotta make up for that one, I got to get back to myself.” And then fighting through all of that to realize on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, “No, this is where it was always at.”
Take a look at the real 2014 Forest Hills Drive below.
Read the full cover story here.