By Carter Maness
J. Cole may have found an entirely new distribution model for new music. Earlier today, when Cole was asked by a Twitter follower when his anticipated track "I'm A Fool" would be out, he sent the track directly to the fan via email before it hit the Internet.
Cole has performed a variation of the song at recent Rock The Bells shows, but the direct fan release is the first time "I'm A Fool" was heard by the public in recorded form. After the fan, who goes by the Twitter moniker @SultanofSwatt, asked if the song was out, Cole hit him back. "Naw. You want it," he asked. "What's your email?"
After sending the track to @SultanofSwatt, the fan then posted his own link, effectively premiering the song after a private listen. Notably, after his link hit Hulkshare, the fan was served with a takedown notice by Cole's label and it was removed.
The soulful number sports a sample of Cee-Lo's "Fool For You" and features Cole rapping conscious verses about subjects like going into debt for education and spending too much money on jewelry.