Before he embarks on his next journey with the release of his new album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, next month, J. Cole spent a day with Fader before one of his recent "Dollar & A Dream" concerts. During the over six-minute clip, Cole talks about the five-year anniversary of his mixtape, The Warm Up, which he played in full during this string of shows.
Jermaine mentioned while it was great that fans got to hear these songs live for the first time, it was also a new experience for him, having never performed the songs before. As for his special connection to his fans, Cole talked about really locking on with them during shows, and making sure that he makes it as personal as possible to really give them a feeling for the songs.
On the subject of stereotypes, Cole spoke about just how negative they can be and how he has learned to not use them while interacting with his fans.
“It’s easier said than done. I read this book called How The Mind Works. I couldn’t make it all the way through. I probably made it halfway through because I felt I was in over my head in terms of how smart it was…But it was all about how the mind works and the mind works in patterns…If the mind does work like that, in patterns, then then stereotypes would be natural, I would think.”
[via Pigeons and Planes]