After Eminem and Royce kicked it off by dropping Hell: The Sequel, which will be followed by Kanye West and Jay-Z’s joint album, rap new comers J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar will release their own collaborative project.

It was previously announced that J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar would drop a collaborative mixtape, now Cole says the music they recorded so far is so good that it can’t be wasted on a mixtape, and they will release a full album instead.

In a interview with HardKnockTv, J.Cole explained the reason why the mixtape turned into an album:

“I’m not settling for a mixtape because I feel we’re too talented for that and the music we’ve made so far is too good. Right now we’ve got 4 or 5 bangers. I don’t want to waste them. ‘HiiiPower’ is one of those and [Kendrick] is using that [on his mixtape] ‘Section.80.’ But I don’t want to do that with the others, I want to build. Even if it takes 9-10 months whatever, I feel like the final outcome of that project is something that hip hop needs.”

During the rest of the interview, J.Cole speaks about the beat he’s picked out for the Jay-Z collaboration on his debut album, Wale’s new record with DJ Toomp, his single “Workout” and more.

Around the 5 min mark is when Cole speaks on his joint album with Kendrick: