The Ville’s very own J. Cole sits down with Complex to discuss his recent mixtape and Jay Electronicaâ€™ssigning to Roc Nation. He also chops it up about how his G.O.O.D. Friday appearance came about.
â€œ[That verse] was last minute. I got the beat the night before from my manager. But nobody told me they wanted to do it for G.O.O.D. Friday, and definitely not that G.O.O.D. Friday. I was like, â€˜Oh man, that beat is dope. Iâ€™ll write to it soon.â€™ The next day I woke up in Kalamazoo, Michiganâ€”I was on tourâ€”and I was getting ready to go to Detroit because I had a radio promo event to do. So I got a call from Kanye and he was like, â€˜Whatâ€™s up? Itâ€™s Kanye. Can you get that verse today? Iâ€™m tryna put the song out tonight.â€™ I honestly didnâ€™t think I could do it in time so I told him that. He said, â€˜Iâ€™ll wait. We got engineers up all night so you got a while to do it. But if you can, have it done by today.â€™ I said, â€˜Iâ€™ll make it happen somehow.â€™
â€œI wrote my verse on the hour-and-a-half ride to Detroit, did the radio promos, left that, went directly to the studio, laid the verse, and sent it to him by 5 oâ€™clock. Mind you, I didnâ€™t hear anybody elseâ€™s verses or the song itself, I just heard the beat and did my verse. I drove back to Kalamazoo and did the show. When I got offstage, he had just put the song out, and I sat back and watched all the comments as people went crazy. It was a beautiful night.
I donâ€™t know what it is [when it comes to features]. What it comes from is fear, thatâ€™s why I go so hard [on guest spots]. Iâ€™m a real competitor. Itâ€™s just a fear of somebody besting me and dominating me with a better verse. Not every song is like that, but on a song like â€˜Looking For Troubleâ€™ it is. Itâ€™s that spirit of hip-hop: Letâ€™s see who can come the best. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m going to have the best verse, but I know ainâ€™t nobody just gonna kill me.â€
Incase you want to hear the song, we got it posted below.