Hours before J. Cole was expected to perform at Houston’s House of Blues for his “Dollars and a Dream” tour, the “Born Sinner” artist sat down exclusively with 97.9 The Box’s Devi Dev and The Chile. During the interview, he revealed how Houston played a major role in connecting him with Nas.
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Three days before Houston’s Los Magnificos Car Show in 2012, Cole says he laid down “Let Nas Down,” a single off his new album. Buzzing with the euphoria of creating this instant hit, he says he was caught off guard when he got to meet Nas himself.
“We do the [Car Show], and we’re out first thing the next morning,” he said. “We get to the airport at 6:30 a.m., we get some food, we sit down at the gate. My homeboy is like, ‘Yo, can I hear that song you did?’ As soon as he starts listening to that song, they call for first class.”
What happens next, J. Cole says, is fate.
“As he’s handing the laptop back, he’s like, ‘Yo, yo, is that Nas right there?’ He points right to the gate, and he’s there,” Cole said.
“Same flight to L.A., in the same airport in Houston Texas at 6:30 in the morning. I knew it was like a fate moment.”
Seated in front of Nas in first class, J. Cole used the opportunity to present him with the song. He says Nas was “very impressed and humbled.”
“I was like, ‘Nas, this is crazy, I just made this song.’ He went nuts.”
Over the last two weeks, J. Cole says he and Nas have been working on his response, “Made Nas Proud,” which debuted on Twitter this weekend. He says that sort of attention from this musical hero has been an amazing moment in his career.
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