Everyone remembers the moment when he or she decides their life’s path and for rapper J.Cole, it all boiled down to photographs on his bedroom wall.
“When I was growing up my wall in my bedroom was important. I remember I was in the fourth or fifth grade when we moved to a new house and me and my brother finally had our own rooms,” J.Cole recalled. “I didn’t even know what to do with my own room, but my older brother … started putting pictures on his wall. So he had pictures of all these girls and all of these lowriders, he was into the Lowrider magazines, so I was like ‘I’m going to put my pictures up.’ So of course I put up all of these basketball pictures, so I had a wall full of pictures.”
The North Carolina MC says that he idolized the players of the game until he switched leagues.
“Jordan, Penny Hardaway, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Slam magazine filled my wall. It was a defining point in my life when I fell in love with rapping, and I knew I really wanted to do it,” he said. “And I was like ‘Am I really going to do this?’ And I ripped down all of my basketball pictures. I probably didn’t rip them, I probably nicely took them off [the wall] and from that day forward I put up Source, XXL and Blaze magazine covers. I was cutting out people’s advertisements. I remember I had the ‘Power of a Dollar’ with 50 Cent on my wall, I remember I had Lady Luck over here … I had everybody, even people I didn’t like, on my wall. That was the switch, when I knew rap was it and basketball wasn’t it.”
As any rapper can attest, either you’re in the game or you’re not and J.Cole is proof that if you put your mind — and your bedroom wall — to work, amazing things can happen.
Cole is scheduled to appear on Thursday (February 3) at 4p.m. on right here on RapFix.MTV.com where he’ll answer questions from fans who tweet him @MTVRapFix with the hashtag #rapfixlive or upload videos to Your.MTV.com.