J. Cole is no longer trying to compete.
Fresh from the release of The low seasonThe Dreamville champion attended The ETCs podcast with Kevin Durant and Eddie Gonzalez, reflecting on his career and relationship with fellow rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar, which have evolved over time. While they got together, he learned to value friendship over competitiveness.
“These are the guys who push you and you have to push them,” said Cole. “I was so competitive from the start that even though we were all friends, I never had a reach, I was never that person, especially when it came to competition. It’s almost like training together. “
When he was younger, he had a more competitive mentality that changed with age. “I think that was unknown in the NBA in the past. Like, ‘Why should I train with this n ** a? I’m trying to destroy this n ** a. ‘That was my mentality early on,’ he said. “But as I’ve gotten older, I realize that no one is really my colleague or can relate more to what I’m going through in life than these people here – just in terms of the pressures there might be… no one can really referring to it like these guys, and i really really fuck with these guys. “
He could stop seeing them as competition and more like friends. “I’ve absolutely tried to make an effort over time to take the competition away,” he said. “I’m more interested in the relationship because I also see a time when I don’t. That seems very realistic to me. “
Cole added, “I’m more interested in the real relationship. Before that, I was interested in the competition. Before I was even interested in applying or responding to pressure … It’s just less competition on my head because I’m so old, brother. “
However, he always had respect for his colleagues. “It was always a matter of respect. Now it’s just a matter of wisdom that goes, “Yo, you can never have it all.”
“Michael Jordan will never be universally hailed as the greatest player of all time – and that’s crazy. And LeBron James will never be universally hailed as the greatest gamer of all time – and that’s insane. You never will, so it comes with age to realize that “Yo what are you even worried about?” Because you only adjust to suffering. “
Elsewhere on the podcast, Cole discussed the fulfillment of his professional basketball dreams. On Sunday, the Fayetteville rapper made his debut on the Rwanda Patriots BBC in the opening season of the Basketball Africa League.