J. Cole has been very busy this past year. With his 3rd #1 album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Jermaine Cole has made his way to the hearts of new and old fans alike. The rapper invited people to the home in which the album was named after for a listening party, and now he wants to do even more. J. Cole announced that he will be using the home, in which he recently bought back, for single mothers with multiple children to live in rent-free.
J. Cole opened up in an interview for the Combat Jack show about the cultural shock he experienced from moving from military housing in Germany to Fayetteville, North Carolina when his mother and father split.
“It was my first taste of like, ‘Oh, shit. This is nothing like where we came from.’
“It was my first taste of like, ‘Oh, shit. This is nothing like where we came from.’ I knew the energy was not right. I knew my mother was the only white lady in the neighborhood and there was no man in the house.”
J. Cole also talked about the frustration he felt when he heard his mother had lost the home on his newest single, Apparently. He does not currently live in the residence, but wants it to be a place for families. “Every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”
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