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I saw the new issue of XXL Magazine in Kroger the other day, and since my subscription ran out a couple months ago, I was about to cop it. But then I looked and the mag had a $5.99 price tag on it, so I decided not to get it. Not to be frugal with my money but if you order a XXL subscription, you get 9 issues for $20 bucks, so it doesn’t make sense to buy one issue from the store for $6. Not to mention the magazine price went up a whole $1. It actually used to be $5 and I used to buy them out of the store all he time, no problem.

But there’s something about when a product or business inflates their price that really turns me off. I used to hit up American Deli all the time (don’t understand how it’s called American Deli, when all the people working there are Asian, but that’s neither here nor there), and there upped the price on all their combos by like a $1 and I don’t think I’ve been back there since…

Anyways, J. Cole was featured in the new XXL and it’s a good thing I held off on buying the magazine, because I can just read excerpts from his feature online.

J. Cole’s Cole World album drops on Tuesday, just to remind folks.

Hit the jump to check out photos and excerpts from Cole’s XXL interview.


“I didn’t plan on being a mixtape artist my entire life. Of course, I want them to soak up the stories and the songs, but if there’s one thing I want them to get from it, it’s that, “Yo, this nigga’s not fuckin’ around. He’s not settling for that status.”


“As much as it might look like, to someone else, that I’m successful, I never feel like I’m anywhere. The further I go, I still feel equally further from my eventual goal. Because as I grow, I get more goals. I’m never content.”

“I’m in two different places. I’m hanging around these types of people sometimes, and I’m seeing these types of things, and I had to make it a point to not talk about that too much. It’s weird. I want to stay true to these topics on the first album and tell that story, without telling too much of, “I’m making money now.” I could have made that album. Exaggerated all that shit.”


“You know what it is? My mother was White, but to me, I never looked at her like that. I would only become aware  of that when we were in public or when she would pick me up from school. I would be like, Oh, man, everybody gonna see my mom is White. I know I’m about to get clowned. You would get clowned on in fourth or fifth grade. I used to get Michael Jackson jokes: “You don’t know if you Black or White.” That was the only time I’d be aware. Not that my mother was acting Black, ’cause she wasn’t, but she’s just my mom.”

“I can identify with White people, because I know my mother, her side of the family, who I love. I’ve had White friends. I know people from high school that I might not have hung out with outside of high school, but I think I got to know them pretty well, so I know they sense of humor. But at the end of the day, I never felt White. I don’t know what that feels like. I can identify. But never have I felt like I’m one of them. Not that I wanted to, or tried to, but it just was what it was. I identify more with what I look like, because that’s how I got treated. Not necessarily in a negative way. But when you get pulled over by the police, I can’t pull out my half-White card. Or if I just meet you on the street, you’re not gonna be like, This guy seems half-White.

Cole World: The Sideline Story drops on Tuesday. Peep the rest of Cole’s XXL excerpts here.

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4 Responses to “J. Cole x XXL Magazine [October 2011 Feature]”

  1. akshun

    The album is dope too!!

  2. Steelz4ever

    Yeah J.Cole album is dope! Will be picking up a physical copy tues..an get one from itunes! #Carolina

  3. MIDIMarc

    I’m still not all the way a fan of J. Cole. i haven’t herd the song thats going to push me over the edge but I know I’ll find it soon. Fella can rap though, I will say that. I’m buying the album off the strength.

  4. Randy Exclusive

    C’mon MIDI you ain’t been listening enough.

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