As you probably heard by now, J.Cole has moved up the release date of his sophomore album, Born Sinner, to June 18th so he can go head to head with Kanye West’s new album, Yeezus. Now, the North Carolina emcee explains the reasoning behind wanting to go head up with Mr. West.

During a recent interview with Billboard, J.Cole addresses Born Sinner’s new release date.

Cole explains:

Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date’. I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.

He adds:

It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have..

If you missed it, you can check out the official video for the lead single, “Power Trip,” off Born Sinner [here].