As J.Cole readies his sophomore effort, Born Sinner, he takes some time out to explain the concept of the album as well as moving on from the basketball-themed titles.
During a recent interview with MTV News, J.Cole addressed moving on from the basketball-themed titles and onto something new with Born Sinner.
Cole explains that Born Sinner is the beginning of a new storyline:
It was just time for something new. I wouldn’t have minded doing it again but I felt that I closed that story. That metaphor and that storyline had really ended. Metaphorically I was just a kid working to get on this basketball team, got cut — that was The Come Up, then The Warm Up was like, alright I made the team, I’m on the team, now what? I’m not in the game, I’ll just ride the end of the bench. Then Friday Night Lights was like ‘come on man, you’re still not gonna put me in the game? What I gotta do? Here, I’m gonna kill it in practice.’
The North Carolina emcee explains that Cole World: The Sideline Story was the end of a chapter:
Sideline Story was like, ‘Wow, I really am starting now,’ and I feel like I ended that chapter when it’s all said and done. Plus, this new theme is really more reflective of where I’m at and where I’ve been at for the past two years, so it was just perfect to move on.
As J.Cole continued, he spoke on the concept of Born Sinner:
It’s not necessarily a church theme and it’s not really about church. I like my album themes to be metaphors because it gives me the freedom to speak about something else that’s going on in my life, so the Born Sinner thing is not about church, it’s not even about religion. It’s using that as canvas to get other messages across and that’s what the album will be.
As Cole wraps things up, he reveals that he has Born Sinner’s next single picked out, and promises that there will be no more delays, and the album will definitely drop on June 25th.
Watch J.Cole’s interview with MTV News below: