J. Cole Aiming For Grammy "Album Of The Year" Nomination With New Album

posted Wednesday April 10 ,2013 at 11:48AM CDT | 65 comments

J. Cole Aiming For Grammy

J. Cole is "trying to compete with the White people" at The Grammy's this year, hoping for "Album of the Year."

J. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner, which is due out on June 25, has yet to be released and already the North Carolina emcee has high hopes for the project. Among Cole’s goals for Born Sinner is the opportunity to be nominated for “Album of the Year” at the Grammy’s.

The rapper also addressed the fact that on top of “Rap Album of the Year” not being televised during the Grammy Awards, it’s been quite some time since a rap album has clenched the title of “Album of the Year” at the annual award show.

“Drake won rap album of the year and they didn’t even televise it,” said Cole. “Rappers never win ‘Album of the Year.’ Even Kanye West, if any rapper deserved it in the past 10 years it was Kanye West for Graduation.”

“I’m going for ‘Album of the Year;’ I’m trying to compete with the white people, man,” the rapper added.

Cole also addressed his newly-released “Power Trip” music video and wanting to sing the chorus to the song before R&B crooner Miguel was suggested.

“I kinda like how I sound doing it,” Cole revealed, according to Radio.com. “My fans and people have never heard me like that. I played it for Jay-Z and the first thing he said–even before he said it was crazy– was ‘You gotta get Miguel on that.’”

Audio from Cole's interview with Hartford's Hot 93.7 can be found below.

RELATED: J. Cole - Truly Yours [Mixtape Review]

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  • Luke
    Make music for your soul and your fans souls, just do it Cole, and you will make the best album in the game
  • striderbhai
    graduation was cool. j.cole is awesome. So far Miss AMerica & Power trip have been great songs so im really lookin forward to born sinner
  • ignorant
    Im going for Album of the Year; Im trying to compete with the white people, man, the rapper added. What type of bullshit racist shit is that???
  • Anonymous
    Im old school like quarter waters and eating in silence You new school like faggot rappers competing for prizes vinnie paz
  • Anonymous
    So is he going to sample and sing a Paula Abdul song again on this album? If so, he will win 10 Grammys.
  • YouSerious?
    This dude must have forgotten that Outkast won Album of the year.
  • OC
    Graduation was Kanye's worst early career record. The fuck is Cole taking about?
    • Anonymous
      its called an opinion
  • Anonymous
    sounds mad cocky
  • Dear J.Cole
    The Grammy's are too commercial man. Nas should've honestly won album of the year but they gave that shit to Drake. Dnt compromise ur music for Grammy awards man unless ur ready to be heavily criticized. Keep mixtape Cole goin for as long as u can
  • Anonymous
    Got your unemployed butt to respond.
    • Anonymous
      You need a new hobby because trolling ain't doing it for you.
    • YESSIR
    • ^
      Nice try. Stop stealing dentaldamboy's fantasy life. Nothing you say is fact, just retarded trolling.
  • Anonymous
    Ja Rule is going to be nominated in the following categories this year: Gangsta Of The Year Mack Of The Millenium Urban Role Model Of The Past Decade Most Inspirational Prisoner At Rikers The Most Poetic Freestylist The Brains Behind Google
    • rideonemjixxer
      Thats some funny shit. well played. ...MONICAAAAAA!!!!!!
  • Anonymous
    same shit he said last year
  • kdot
    Uh....Outkast won album of the year if I'm not mistaken...so the "rappers never win album of the year Grammys" statement can get thrown out of the window. Here's a tip, make quality music everyone can relate to, instead of just hardcore rap fans. Thats the difference between a rapper and an artist. He's almost there, he just needs a song that will carry him over to gaining new fans instead of impressing the old ones
    • Anonymous
      Yeah but that was a double album and Andre's disc was mostly singing. Plus it wasn't even OutKast's best album. There has never been a true "rap" album that was won the AOTY award. And there probably never will be. The Grammys don't truly reflect what is quality work and are too worried about making the "politically incorrect" move. MBDTF was the best album of 2010, went platinum, and earned a 94% rating. Yet the Grammys still didn't nominate it. The Grammys are biased against rap music.
  • @HiiiPoWeR_1990
    Dear Trolls, move out of your momma's house and do something with your life instead of being the exact type of people that bring their country down. And if you're not a troll and you've came to trash talk J. Cole that's lamer because you think what you're saying matters, fuck off find a post of your actual favourite artists and talk them up, do yourself a favour. I will never understand the mentality of clicking on an artists news post of one I don't like and talking shit about them, it just don't make a lot of sense. Think about when you're older and are thinking what did I do with my time you don't want to think "oh I went on internet to piss people off to make me feel better about my shitty existence" before you swallow a load of pills to kill yourself, it don't have to come to that, go out, connect with something that's not a keyboard...
    • Elijah Wood
      Amen, brotha. BORN SINNER!!!!!!!
  • Diggy Simmons
    My brother Jo Jo will get nominated before you do. Born Sinner. Please!!! I was born rich. Now what?
  • p
    i dont understand why people would click on this article just to chat shit and hate.. why the fuck would you click on this?!??? no one forced you idiots to come here!
    This is like every team saying they want to win a championship. To a lot of artists and people the Grammys are like the Super Bowl for the music industry. Nothing wrong with having goals. Cole is going back to his mixtape days on the album...he had complete freedom and some of ya'll are underestimating him....his first album was underwhelming because he was forced to put on commercial tracks on his album (In The Morning, Mr. Nice Watch, Cole World, Work Out) Replace those tracks with 2Face, See World, Before I'm Gone, Higher, and It Won't Be Long and he has an album better than Kendricks GKMC album...yeah I SAID IT. BORN SINNER!
    • Anonymous
      I agree with some of your statement.
    • p
    • Anonymous
      You said it... doesn't make it true.
  • brooklynn
    compete with the white people, j cole is a white ass rapper aka soft rapper
    • Anonymous
      his mother is white so him saying that does sound kinda stupid.
    • ....
      Hmmm, yeah maybe if he was more of a black tough guy like Rick Ross, Gudda Gudda, 40 Glocc, Tony Yayo, Birdman, Gunplay, Jae Millz, Chris Brown, Ace Hood etc. etc. we would want to listen him!!!
  • Anonymous
    The chances of Cole getting nominated for Album of the Year is low. I do believe that Kendrick will get a lot of nominations. He'll definitely win Best Rap Album if Eminem or Kanye doesn't drop an album before September 30th. He has the critical acclaim and the commercial success.
    • Jason Bateman
      Eminem is way past prime. He'll put out 4-5 really good tracks on his new album. The rest will be corny pop rap songs or tracks where he is yelling too much. Cole and Kendrick = the new era. It'll be a toss up for Rap Album of the Year at the Grammys between those two.
    • Lol?
      @ Jason Bateman Drake won rap album of the year, not because he had the best album, but because he's a commercial high hitter. Eminem and Kanye both are commercial high-hitters too, while K.Dot is less commercial than both of them. Cole, Kendrick, Badass or whoever you might name as new dudes can be making classics as much as they want but they won't win best rap album, let alone Album of the year.
    • ....
      Whatever you think about Eminem wasn't really necessary because he'll still put out an album that will get a grammy nomination. "He'll put out 4-5 really good tracks on his new album. The rest will be corny pop rap songs or tracks where he is yelling too much." You described Recovery and that won a grammy.
    • Anonymous
      maybe Em will put out 8-10 good tracks
  • Bram Gesink
    Damn people can't we at least appreciate the ambition! Sure there is no way he will win album of the year but lets not just all kick him to the curb at once, he's better than most so let's just hope he's right and his album is amazing
  • Anonymous
    As much as I like Cole, an AOTY nomination isn't gonna happen. Maybe Best Rap Album, but not AOTY.
  • Justin Case
    Wrong attitude by Cole here. If he's serious about winning a Grammy he'll have to compromise a lot of his music. Drake won and that album is practically an R & B album. Just focus on making good music for your fans. Fuck the Grammy's and the people that run that shit. These artists today are too sensitive and care too much about what them clowns think.
    • Anonymous
      Unfortunately, winning a Grammy is a sure fire way of getting international recognition (and dolla dolla bills). Keeping it strictly for the heads doesn't pay the bills. It sucks though
    • Anonymous
      Remember the Grammy winner ODB upstaged after WuTang lost a Grammy to Puff?......exactly.
  • Chris Etrata
    Is there a music equivalent of the razzie awards?
    • mikey
      I thought the Grammys WERE the equivalent of the Razzies haha