J Cole got one of the best co-signs you can get in the hip hop game, that from Jay-Z. Now the North Carolina emcee is running with it. Cole, who doesn't expect to have any features for his Roc Nation debut album, will produce it entirely by himself and veteran beat maker No I.D. "I might get a last-second Jay-Z appearance. We'll see," Cole said. A Jigga collab would be fitting as he was first introduced to the world on Jay-Z's "A Star Is Born" song from the Blueprint 3.
"When you making an album, at least in my case, I had songs that I've had for three years that I've been holding on to that I wouldn't put on The Warm Up or any mixtape, because I felt they were too good. And over the years, some of them turned into, 'Oh, I can let that go, because I'm better than that now.' But there's been songs, or there are still songs, that will make the album that never left. You come into the album with that stack of records, and slowly, as you make more, you can see which of those can fly off. And it's hard, because they're all incredible songs, and you don't want to let any go. Now we're down to maybe three. They can never go. They have to stay."
J Cole – Builds & Works With Being Co-Signed By Jay-Z