Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Finding Inspiration In Someone Else's Come-Up

I first read the article below on Complex.com in 2011 when J. Cole's first album Cole World: The Sideline Story was released. Since then the link to this article has sat in my email inbox. 
I keep it there because the story is such a good example of J. Cole's determination. I occasionally re-read it as a reminder of what perseverance can do in one's life. 
It's J. Cole's  come -up story, but it can serve as a source of motivation and inspiration to anyone. 
The article is kind of long, but it's worth the read.

The future looks bright for Roc Nation's first signee. With his debut album hitting stores this week, J.Cole’s hip hop dreams are finally being realized. Damien Scott takes a look back at the days when the forecast was much cloudier.

“Shit, it’s about to rain,” said J. Cole as the two of us stood outside of Baseline Studios in midtown Manhattan, the soundlab where Rocafella Records created many of its biggest songs during its reign over the rap game. The year was 2005. Four years earlier, Jay-Z had recorded his opus,The Blueprint, here. For that reason some considered it hallowed ground. Which is why—despite the falling rain, and despite me wishing Cole would say, “Fuck it, D, let’s roll”—we remained staked outside of 127 West 26th St., hoping for someone to open the door.

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