J. Cole: “‘Rise & Shine’ is super-hard. J. Cole fans are going to love it because it’s aggressive and the beat is retarded. People always talk about the beat first and foremost. There’s no crazy story [about ‘Rise & Shine’], I just made it in the studio.
[I put the Jay-Z dialogue from Backstage in the song because] it’s uplifting. It’s a powerful quote. The scene’s too perfect. - J. Cole
“I started with the beat first. From the beat, I started humming the hook and then added female vocals on hook. I hummed the melody first and I had some singers come through that night and sing that. I added a lot of strings on that. I even added some horns underneath.
“Over time, over months, that track took a long time, in terms of perfecting it. It’s such a big production. Drums, samples, strings, horns, female vocals, long-ass third verse, live bass that comes in on the third verse, there’s a lot to it.
“[I put the Jay-Z dialogue from Backstage in the song because] it’s uplifting. It’s a powerful quote. The scene’s too perfect. I saw it when I was younger but Elite is the one that found it.”