Video: J. Cole: A Star Is Born Pt. 2

In what will be a four-part series, Knotti chronicles the rise to stardom of a future legend, Jermaine Cole. You happen to know him as J. Cole.

This episode features footage from an interview earlier this year and a performance of “Grown Simba” at his “The Warm Up” mixtape release party on June 15, 2009.

Just 4 months ago, me & Karen were right next to Cole on that bench he’s standing on in that screenshot. Now he’s on a nationwide tour with Jay-Z & Pharrell. Crazy.

Previously: Part 1


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76 Responses to “Video: J. Cole: A Star Is Born Pt. 2”

  1. Chief Ali aka The One Who Stay Building Says:

    Burrprint 3-D>>>Blueprint 3

  2. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    The Mad Rapper Reveals Comeback Plans
    ===========================
    I’m actually excited for this one.

  3. Chief Ali aka The One Who Stay Building Says:

    F5

  4. Remixznflow Says:

    someone please tell me ONE bar worth a damn from gucci’s catalog?

    dont worry.. ill wait

  5. landLORD Says:

    Gucci is flooding the streets with fecal matter… like a broken ceespool or sewer…. yeah he writes alot of rhymes and releases lots of work… guess what, it all sucks … where i come from, niggas got the mic plugged yanked out the gottdamn mixer after 3 bars of the kind of bullshit he spits … no one can possibly take this retard serious just because he works hard … what next?… Jimmy Valentime in the MTV Top 10?

  6. A tribe called quest aka The Yankees are my daddy But my comment is still the greatest of all time Says:

    Hes enjoying that mic

  7. KzA Says:

    JCole!

  8. Chief Ali aka The One Who Stay Building Says:

    BURR BURR BURR bish!

  9. Remixznflow Says:

    Hes enjoying that mic

    *dead*

  10. A tribe called quest aka The Yankees are my daddy But my comment is still the greatest of all time Says:

    Guccis flow > guccis rhyme

  11. Rey Says:

    # landLORD Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Gucci is flooding the streets with fecal matter… like a broken ceespool or sewer…. yeah he writes alot of rhymes and releases lots of work… guess what, it all sucks … where i come from, niggas got the mic plugged yanked out the gottdamn mixer after 3 bars of the kind of bullshit he spits … no one can possibly take this retard serious just because he works hard … what next?… Jimmy Valentime in the MTV Top 10?

    ^^^

    This.

  12. Harlem World Says:

    Burrprint 3 has been on repeat lately. Im surprised at how good it is.

    *Looks forward to DJ Drama:Cold War*
    *Expects shots at Jeezy/Wayne*

  13. Harlem World Says:

    *Burrprint 3d

  14. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Lamborghini bright yella, ya know its awesome
    Police try to pull me over, ya know i lost em
    Just bought a flyin saucer, ya never saw one
    Ashanti’s on the flyin saucer, now aint it awful??
    So Icy blowin stupid kush, aint it unlawful
    I’m smokin on the finest Cali, but im in Georgia
    Trunk lifts on my rims, shine like a quarter
    Panoramic roof clearer than a cup a water

  15. landLORD Says:

    im not gonna even type/talk or argue or debate about this nigga no more… if anyone thinks Gucci Mane is actually a legitimate, talented MC, may whatever higher power you believe in forgive and bless you … for clearly you have gone astray …

  16. NovemberEnd aka What Do You Mean Teenager What Age Are We Talking About Says:

    # Remixznflow Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    someone please tell me ONE bar worth a damn from gucci’s catalog?

    dont worry.. ill wait
    ^^^^^^^
    that’s irrelevant cuz nobody here is calling that ninja great ….all im saying his obsession verse(s) werent that bad if i were to compare it to “xyz” then yeah it bad, but from all the hate he gets and from ppl who think hes the worst rapper to EVER pick up a mic he not that…relax…i’m sure there are rappers past or present hes better than….not many but still

  17. Gravity Says:

    But can somebody explain to me how Gucci is a coon?…or is every rapper who flaunts their money a coon?..I seriously wanna know where this coon talk comes from…if he rapped avout and did the same stuff but rapped like Pharoah monche would he still be a coon?

    ^

    I would like to, but the mere fact that you don’t recognize the flagrant cooning makes it a lost cause.

  18. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, damn i feel wonderful
    I’m lookin at your girl and i feel like fuckin her
    Wonderful, wonderful, damn she feels wonderful
    She ridin with a star and we smokin in the car
    I feel wonderful, wonderful, damn i feel wonderful
    So many diamonds on that i’m lowering the temperature
    Wonderful, wonderful, damn i feel wonderful
    I know you hate, bruh, but that’s so understandable

    red bezel on my jacob looking like a sliced tomato
    fuck a hater i blow acres of jamaica in decatur
    im so extraordinary while my bracelet so canary
    choppers that my niggas carry probably scare the military
    half your budget spent on luggage, spent your mortgage on a portrait
    purple bud look like an orchid, cant afford it? watch me torch it
    tell your shorty, gucci at her birthday party, cost a 40
    this imported foreign flying saucer make me feel important
    tell big booty gina from virginia if you ever see her
    i remember last november and i can’t wait till the sequel
    where’s my equal? i don’t see him, never met him, never meet him
    if i meet him, i’ma greet him, beat him, eat him up and leave him

  19. Detroit P Says:

    # Gravity Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    But can somebody explain to me how Gucci is a coon?…or is every rapper who flaunts their money a coon?..I seriously wanna know where this coon talk comes from…if he rapped avout and did the same stuff but rapped like Pharoah monche would he still be a coon?

    ^

    I would like to, but the mere fact that you don’t recognize the flagrant cooning makes it a lost cause.
    ^^^
    i.e. you can’t come up with a decent argument…I thought as much…the way negroes throw around the word coon you’d think they was the white man

  20. Rey Says:

    Those lyrics are just proving landLORD’s point.

  21. landLORD Says:

    that’s irrelevant cuz nobody here is calling that ninja great

    —————–

    somebody a few comments ago called the nigga phenomenal … and i agree, if you dont see how gucci is a coon, then you just aint looking, and nobody can make or help you look at what you aint trying to see…

  22. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Like I give a shit about Land’s point.

    I’m posting Gucci lyrics cause I like Gucci.`

    Burr motherfuckas!

  23. Al Poelvordino Says:

    SHOUT OUT TO MY GUCCI ! GUCCITENDO ! NEW ALBUM COMING SOON

    GUCCI IS DEFINITELY ON THE TOP TEN HOTTEST LIST RIGHT NOW

    DONT PANIK, ITS JUST A LIST OF THE MOMENT

    EMINEM IS OVER THE TOP SO

    PEACE

  24. Detroit P Says:

    where’s my equal? i don’t see him, never met him, never meet him
    if i meet him, i’ma greet him, beat him, eat him up and leave him
    ^^
    Thats not a good line….If Andre 3k said this shit niggas wouldnt look at it like its wack….and i could definitely see ATLiens\Aquemini Andre 3k sayin somethin like this..maybe a different flow to it, but Gucci has a great flow so thats neither here nor there

  25. Troyvul Says:

    Any body ehard Lebron James has swine flu?

  26. Troyvul Says:

    *heard

  27. landLORD Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin’ Says:

    October 16th, 2009 at 4:09 pm
    Like I give a shit about Land’s point.

    ——————

    LOL

  28. Mr. First Says:

    you don’t really like him, though, Amp…. do you?

  29. NovemberEnd aka What Do You Mean Teenager What Age Are We Talking About Says:

    Burr motherfuckas!
    ^^^^^^^
    lol ….whoever call Gucci phenomenal is probably a bamma they dont even deserve half a sentence fuck them niggas

  30. Gravity Says:

    i.e. you can’t come up with a decent argument…I thought as much…the way negroes throw around the word coon you’d think they was the white man

    ^^

    Meaning if you don’t think he’s a coon, then maybe its a case of birds of the same feather.. can’t teach you this late in life what cooning is…. As you were

  31. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    9-1-1 emergency!
    drop top benz is burgundy
    yo girl has just been stolen from you
    call that shit a burglary
    hard top lambo earlier
    drop top beemer later doe
    chevy vette with stupid feet
    got yo wife in bucket seats
    stupid crib and stupid bid
    gucci mane is how i live
    so icey is what i am but hes not who he say he is
    think a minute
    maybe i get money every single minute
    even when im sleepin money climbin creepin makin interest
    said she got a boyfriend
    but he aint the kid tho
    neck cold wrist cold
    diamonds in my earlobe
    dom p for breakfast
    rose for lunch
    cristal for dinner
    appetizer, 30 blunts

  32. Detroit P Says:

    I notice Bullshit and pussy near or far -lil wayne

    and yall niggas on that bullshit with that coon talk, peace.

  33. Troyvul Says:

    A tribe called quest aka The Yankees are my daddy But my comment is still the greatest of all time Says:
    ^
    Lost a bet I see

  34. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    you don’t really like him, though, Amp…. do you?
    =================================
    Gucci is a guilty pleasure.

    Overthinking his lyrics is senseless.

  35. the real truth Says:

    Who Said Gucci Was A Talented Mc?

  36. Harlem World Says:

    All i can say is give burrprint 3d an honest listen. That shit is nice.

  37. Mr. First Says:

    Gucci is a guilty pleasure.

    ^^You know what this reminds me of? Me and my homey were having a conversation about guilty pleasures, and who’s the worst artist you like, even though you know they’re wack. We all know Amp’s answer… Anyone else feel like chiming in?

  38. Remixznflow Says:

    where’s my equal? i don’t see him, never met him, never meet him
    if i meet him, i’ma greet him, beat him, eat him up and leave him

    ^
    this is the only one i can condone so far..

    its a matter of taste (c) eminem

  39. b-ease Says:

    stealin out the store like I can’t get caught, just a lil bad black boy it aint my fault

    that line says alot about the mentality of black youth in the inner cities and I think it says more than any random punchline

    ^^
    Funniest comment of the day. And the humor is completely unintentional.

  40. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    The Porsche porcelain
    the rims are gorgeous
    the earth went skrrt
    it got so many horses
    an all-white chain same color yo forces
    an ounce a what i smoke cost double your mortgage
    so icey entertainment
    ima explain it
    see when we come in niggas tuck in they chain, and
    – i lost my train of thought bitches callin me brainless
    i cant buy a burger cuz im too fuckin famous
    my whip on a donk, give my chevy a facelift
    my 28s so shiny make it look like a spaceship
    my rims look big like the lips on fantasia
    my paint drips wet like activator
    you playin with yaself you a masturbator
    ya play with so icey i have to spray ya
    dont waste all ya life bein a couch potato
    after awhile crocodile see ya later, hater
    its guc-ci

  41. Detroit P Says:

    ‘fore i go..i’ll say this

    Nas and Mos Def are way more coonish than anybody….Both of these niggas get in front of the white man on TV and can’t form an intelligible argument…and these are you hero’s?…Nas walking around with a shirt that says nigger and can’t give a valid rationale as to why?..smh@who yall do and dont think is coons…unless yall think every rappers a coon, i can understand that logic, if so, carry on.

  42. b-ease Says:

    ^^You know what this reminds me of? Me and my homey were having a conversation about guilty pleasures, and who’s the worst artist you like, even though you know they’re wack. We all know Amp’s answer… Anyone else feel like chiming in?

    ^^
    I really can’t think of anything currently, but I will say that Kriss Kross’ Young Rich and Dangerous is probably one of my favorite hiphop LPs ever.

    *waits for Nah pass to be suspended/revoked*

  43. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Girl please!
    Chevy so high baby do you see the trees?
    Crawlin down the block 30s slidin like skis
    look so sweet gucci mane can roll weed
    71 caprice taller than my hum vee
    fine red bone, best friend back seat
    and then with double daytons make them both hate me
    30 inches, chains makin haters hate me
    east Atlanta day everybody looking
    flashback triple gold d’s 17s
    chickens on the scene I was just 15
    big car, big rims all mounting
    on somethin clean,
    somethin yall ain’t seen.

  44. b-ease Says:

    Nas and Mos Def are way more coonish than anybody….Both of these niggas get in front of the white man on TV and can’t form an intelligible argument…

    ^^
    I don’t think you know what the term “coon” really means, no shots.

  45. the real truth Says:

    Anyone else feel like chiming in?

    ^
    Juelz and Young Buck would be mine…and apparently Wale

  46. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    I jumped in the rap game, I didn’t have a name yet
    But I had a stupid chain and a fruity bracelet
    Blue and yellow Jacob
    I’m Gucci Mane the Glacier
    Higher than a martian cuz I roll here round a spaceship
    Yup, the dawg’s so goddamn purty
    Stones same color Michael Jackson after surgery, heard me?
    That my watch is gorgeous, all the diamonds flawless
    My jewelry box retarded
    That’s how you know I’m ballin’
    My bracelet humongous, go up to my armpit
    Diamond watchers watch us so we turned on the light switch

  47. Boos Bigelow Says:

    most of your favorite rappers in the 90’s is a coon…truth is the net niggas are not gonna like gucci mane..cause he is the antithesis of traditional rap…his broken english nursery raps…burns the incense backpack chewer to the soul…people hate change and gucci mane is a revolutionary rapper…total change from the norm that is popular…and the traditionalists hate it…

    this is no different than heavy metal…people loathed it but many people liked it because it wasn’t the norm…gucci mane is not the most prolific mc by an rap standards if you talking lyrics…but people fuck with him cause he is a 180 degree release from the norm..

    most people are mad that he’s popular and the people like him….same with lil wayne a few years ago…the traditionalist hated him, but was forced to give him props…people HATED when jeezy came out..but now like him…same with drake and same with gucci…guys this is just a normal music cycle, aint nothing new but the player in the game.

  48. Big Homie Says:

    I am still in tears watching this video

    youtube.com/watch?v=6QDzPjjoq8Y

  49. landLORD Says:

    ….same with lil wayne a few years ago…the traditionalist hated him, but was forced to give him props

    —————

    nah … wayne finally got props when he stepped his game up and started rhyming like he was Rocafella …

  50. Mr. First Says:

    I’ll admit, mine were E-40 and Havoc…
    E-40 because I think he’s hilarious, and Havoc because I like him on the Mobb Deep stuff.

    And no, I don’t own any albums from either of them.

  51. BK...Then Them Says:

    Watch Cost Bout A Bentley And My Ring Cost Bout A Brick
    Watch Cost Bout A Bentley And My Ring Cost Bout A Brick

    Burr!

  52. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Living like Whitney, geeking like Brittney
    Gucci no hippy but he’s stoned like jimmy
    X pill poppers, geeked up crazy
    Whole click rolling everyone is wasted
    Purple codeine sprite pink don’t waste it
    Mix it up grandma drank it than tase it
    Now grandma sippin syrup leanin wasted
    Walkin around fucked up twistin her fingers
    Homegirl snooped up drunk got wasted
    Now she backstage and she tryin to get famous
    She be up drinkin drinkin gucci mane chasin’
    Club night damn right gucci mane wasted

  53. the real truth Says:

    @Amp

    Do you honestly believe those are good?

  54. NovemberEnd aka What Do You Mean Teenager What Age Are We Talking About Says:

    # the real truth Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Anyone else feel like chiming in?

    ^
    Juelz and Young Buck would be mine…and apparently Wale
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Young Buck last album was dope….early Juelz from Diplomatic Immunity 1 to Killa Season was dope aswell….DJ Khaled not a rapper but i enjoy his albums sue me

  55. PHENOMENON Says:

    CNN:

    Judge deny’s Interracial couple marriage. Says “Mixed couples don’t last”.

    When asked by reporters he says “I have plenty of black friends. . . They use my bathroom.”

  56. Frank Says:

    How many mixtapes does dude have to release to stay relevant?

  57. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Whole Click Faded we geeked up crazy
    Big boy bracelets we white boy wasted
    No shirt fuck it I let her see the tatted
    We sloppy drunk disgusting and liquor keep wastin
    285 eastside Me and plies wasted
    Wasting several big booty broads chasin
    Spring bling 50 thousand white girls shakin
    Some dancin naked but everyone wasted
    Magic city monday ball player wasted
    This is for your uncle drinkin Thunderbird, wasted
    12 pack wasted I need more cases
    And gucci’s not a racist all my diamonds caucasian

    Burr!

  58. the real truth Says:

    When asked by reporters he says “I have plenty of black friends. . . They use my bathroom.”

    ^
    You eva seen something so funny you cant laugh

  59. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    @Amp

    Do you honestly believe those are good?
    ========================
    Good is subjective.

    I will say I am entertained by Gucci.

  60. the real truth Says:

    Young Buck last album was dope….early Juelz from Diplomatic Immunity 1 to Killa Season was dope aswell….DJ Khaled not a rapper but i enjoy his albums sue me

    ^
    Neva listened to a Khaled Album

  61. Boos Bigelow Says:

    # landLORD Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    ….same with lil wayne a few years ago…the traditionalist hated him, but was forced to give him props

    —————

    nah … wayne finally got props when he stepped his game up and started rhyming like he was Rocafella …
    ______________________________________________________________

    People gave him props for his flow…but you can’t deny the hate he got when he was rising…wayne spits as much jibberish as gucci mane…just more lyrical dr. suess metaphors and punchlines…plus wayne had the indie white crowd in a chokehold..(rolling stones/complex dudes)

  62. Gravity Says:

    I notice Bullshit and pussy near or far -lil wayne

    and yall niggas on that bullshit with that coon talk, peace.

    ^^

    The real: Doing anything for a dollar ain’t whats up! Knowing very well what he do affects the image of the culture and black ppl in general. Ni99as need to a lil’ more responsible.. the preachy shit don’t fly with ni99as though, so I’ll save the keystrokes for some poon instead.

  63. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    How many mixtapes does dude have to release to stay relevant?
    ===========================================
    When you’re not saying much, alot.

    But it’s not really what he saya but how he says it.

    I’m tired of selling bricks I wanna go legit
    I wonder can I sell 11 mill like 50 Cent
    Cause platinum ain’t enough I got too many vices
    I love to smoke weed love to shoot dices
    Say my life style extravagant
    I talk cash shit, Bitches say I’m arrogant
    well god damn Gucci cocky then
    But at the same time young hoes be jocking slim
    Gucci ain’t shit, Bitch I beg your pardon
    I’m independent but I’m balling like a major artist
    I stay high like giraffe pussy
    In My Trap House
    Smokin’ bubble kushy

  64. Big Homie Says:

    12 pack wasted I need more cases
    And gucci’s not a racist all my diamonds caucasian

    ^ fuckin classic

  65. PHENOMENON Says:

    **Still doesn’t understand why jewelry is worth a dime. . .

  66. A tribe called quest aka The Yankees are my daddy But my comment is still the greatest of all time Says:

    12 pack wasted I need more cases
    And gucci’s not a racist all my diamonds caucasian

    ^ fuckin classic

    –thats an “entertaining” line, had me roffling

  67. AmpGeez a.k.a Get Rich Or Blog Tryin' Says:

    Jumped out the whip everybody looking
    Big clouds of smoke but ain’t nobody cooking
    (female) “Girl their go Gucci Mane
    I want his autograph ’cause I’m his biggest fan”
    Yellow humm vee with the yellow feet
    Yellow diamonds the same color as yellow cheese
    And I’m smoking on that purple shit
    They call me temp service ’cause I’ll work a bitch
    Money long like Shaq feet
    Running dough like a sprinter at a track meet
    I heard he got that soft white
    Extended clips make them busters get they mind right

  68. Frank Says:

    I have honestly tried listening to Gucci with an open mind but I just can’t like his music. He got the ad-libs from Jeezy and used the Lil Wayne mixtape formula, how original.

    Boosie > Gucci.

  69. A tribe called quest aka The Yankees are my daddy But my comment is still the greatest of all time Says:

    I stay high like giraffe pussy

    –LMKFAO

  70. the real truth Says:

    I stay high like giraffe pussy

    ^
    *Dead*

  71. Gravity Says:

    **Still doesn’t understand why jewelry is worth a dime. . .

    __________________

    Co-Sig. Someone convinced people that its worth a whole lot. Word to Anglo America having enough diamonds to hand out a bag full to each person in the U.S and still stay in business but stifles it to make it seem rare. Flaunting excessive jewels is crass IMO. to each his own.

  72. D. Billz Says:

    After finding out 9th Wonder did the “Last Two” beat for Chris/Free/Beans, I’m thinkin maybe LB was holdin him back artistically. That’s the hardest beat he has done since “Threats”.

  73. wonkakid Says:

    I think a lot of people took a look at Gucci 3 or 4 years ago and made a judgment call that he ‘sucks’ because of his name or his Odie/Bart chain.

    These are the people who continue to say he isn’t an amazing rapper because they don’t want to admit they were wrong when they made that judgment 3 or 4 years ago.

    I can relate because I made the same call a looonnng time ago about UGK before I really gave it a chance. Then one day my roommate was bumping Ridin Dirty and I was like ‘holy shit what is that.’

    Gucci is seriously the best rapper out right now. The Movie was the best mixtape of the year a few years ago, and The Burrprint 3D is really good too.

    Just let go of your ego and give Gucci a listen. Your bad judgment call is preventing you from enjoying the best shit ever!

  74. G'd Up Says:

    “Gucci is seriously the best rapper out right now.”

    whatever you smoking pass it (away from me)…..must be some good dumb shit.

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