What J. Cole’s Dreams Are Made Of

J. Cole opens up about stereotypes and his connection to fans in the latest episode of FADER’s Earlier That Day.

November 19, 2014

On December 9 J. Cole will release his third LP, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. While not quite a surprise, the album will drop with no singles or lead videos, an accelerated release plan that's a credit to the loyal audience Cole has built since releasing his debut mixtape in 2009.

This past summer, Cole honored that day-one fanbase with the Dollar And A Dream Tour—a series of six shows engineered for folks who love his album cuts. Charging just $1 for entry, Cole turned to the core that launched him from a scrappy North Carolina hopeful to a nationwide name for inspiration: "Some people grab your eye instantly, because of their energy and their passion, and what the song means to them," he said, ahead of Dollar And A Dream's Los Angeles stop.

Before ripping the stage in LA, we hung out with Cole while he got a shape-up and a visit from his buddy Drake. While fans lined up, Cole talked candidly about how he sees the world, and how he thinks the world sees him.

What J. Cole’s Dreams Are Made Of