'It's a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident,' the Roc Nation rapper says.
Yesterday (May 20), J. Cole announced he's moving up the release date of his upcoming album, "Born Sinner" to June 18. Initially, his sophomore album was slated for July. Coincidentally, June 18 is also the day that Kanye West debuts his sixth solo studio album, "Yeezus."
"Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation. Which is exactly why I'm moving my release date up," he tweeted.
Soon after the announcement, J. Cole told Billboard's The Juice that not only was he aware of Kanye West's "Yeezus" release date, but once someone confirmed it, he decided to move up "Born Sinner" to June 18 to compete. "Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]... it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, 'Yo…' The idea hit me instantly: 'You got to go to that date,'" he said.