The brilliant J. Cole recently sat down for an interview with radio host Angie Martinez where he opened up about fellow hip-hop star Kanye West‘s and his support of “President” Donald Trump.
Although initially hesitant to broach the subject, the North Carolina native spoke extensively about his thoughts on Mr. West, a recent phone conversation between them and Kanye publicly sharing a screen shot of the message (it has since been deleted).
“When he called me he said, ‘Yo, right off the rip, man, I need you to hold me accountable, keep me in check, say whatever you gotta say! I need that, I feed off that!’ So [I was like], ‘Are you sure?’ Because I see this a certain way,” Cole told Angie.
“I would’ve never posted that [photo]. That made me feel a certain type of way — I told him that. He apologized, for the record…I felt like I got used as a pawn and that somehow it looks like I agree with what this dude is saying — and really that’s very far from the case,” he continued. “Actually, on the phone, I was concerned for him. That’s the real truth. I was wondering like, ‘Yo, am I supposed to be helping this dude?’”
“When you empower a demographic of people whose whole intent is to suppress and oppress people, then it’s like, ‘I can’t rock with that,’” he added.
Check out the full interview below where he also talks about his his step-father’s role in his life, the possibility of a joint album with Kendrick Lamar and more!
(begins around the 43-minute mark)