We don’t often receive intimate sit-down interviews from J. Cole, but the rapper took some time to chat with Bob Myers. The Dreamville giant appeared on the Golden State Warriors general manager’s Lead By Example podcast to discuss his life and career comprehensively. We’ve highlighted several takeaways from the conversation, but there was also an interesting moment when Cole revealed his envy for people living in normalcy. Undoubtedly, the chaos that comes with Rap stardom is intense.
However, the attention may become more overwhelming when you’re considered a GOAT or an icon. Myers and Cole discussed staying self-motivated when you’re sitting at the top of the hill of success. It can be a slippery slope for people like J. Cole, who consistently look for the next goal to reach. “You know what I’m envious of, too? To that point,” said Cole. “The way that I said is valid to someone who wants to live that life, but I also think another valid way to live is, yo. I’m envious of people who don’t have a strong desire or strong vision.”
J. Cole Envies Peace Of Mind
Cole added, “They live a peaceful life and an enjoyable life. And it’s like, ‘Yo, I go to work, I like my job, I like my salary. I’m not stupid rich, but I love my family, I come home. Life is amazing.’ And they live their life like that.” In a society where people chase fast cash and internet fame, Cole admires people who are comfortable with their surroundings. “I think that that is just as valid, I think they’re equally valid,” he said of both worlds. “And I don’t think, you know, I don’t think anyone should feel—’cause I’ve come across people that maybe… ‘Cause we live in a very like, we live in a society and a culture that pushes.”
“It’s like a hustle culture, work hard, boom boom boom. I think people could feel almost guilty or insufficient for not having some great dream to dream. And I’m like, no. It’s a blessing to be satisfied, to be at peace, to be content with life.” This is a conversation you don’t want to miss, as Cole speaks on his love of basketball, painful lessons learned in life, and more. Check it out above.