(AllHipHop News) Jermaine Cole is undoubtedly one of the top emcees in Hip Hop at the moment. The multiple platinum plaques, sold-out arena tour dates, and stand-out guest verses firmly put the Dreamville leader in the upper echelon of the culture.
While Cole has millions of fans around the world, some critics have suggested that the rapper/producer should turn over the reigns of beat making for his songs to others. It appears Jermaine is ready to allow that creative shift to take place.
"Me and T-Minus been locked in for months. I don’t even want to make beats no more unless I’m working with T-Minus and I just want to add some sh*t or help," Cole told XXL. "But, for at least the next month or two, I don’t even want to make no beats. I just want to rap. For the first time, I’ve been able to focus on that for the most part."
The T-Minus-produced "Middle Child" single has become the highest charting song of Cole's career. Plus, several producers - such as Bink!, DJ Toomp, Mike Will Made It, No I.D., Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, WondaGurl, and 9th Wonder - were reportedly part of the #ROTD3 studio sessions in January.
In addition, Top Dawg Entertainment artists Isaiah Rashad, Reason, and SiR were also in Atlanta for the recording of Revenge of the Dreamers III. Despite the deep-rooted Dreamville/TDE musical synergy, J.I.D made it clear he wants his squad to be in the #1 spot. Cole was asked about the friendly competition and whether he was motivated by the West Coast label.
"One hundred percent. They murder the game, honestly. They really set a high bar for a label’s success. We look up to what they did, what Top [Dawg] did. Hell yeah. But of course, we want our time, too. That’s what this year is about, the beginning of that. We’ve been bubbling, we damn-near been underground," stated J. Cole.
He added, "We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for [Bas’] Too High to Riot, [Cozz’s] Cozz & Effect, [Omen’s] Elephant Eyes, Ari [Lennox’s] Pho, Lute’s West1996 Pt.2, [J.I.D’s] The Never Story, EarthGang’s Rags. All of these keep laying the foundation. At a certain point it’s going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. This [rap camp] was a major first step in being pushed to the mainstream. Now, all the clips is loaded with music. It’s not even fair."