J. Cole sat down with GQ for the cover their April 2019 issue and touched on a lot of topics including plans to be more collaborative in the future, the famed Dreamville sessions, being shutout by the Grammys, leaving his comfort zone, and more.Cole has picked up seven nominations since 2012 the year he lost Best New Artist to Bon Iver. Although he explains that if he had won a GRAMMY in 2012 for Best New Artist, it would have been a complete disaster for him.
“It would’ve been disastrous for me, because subconsciously it would’ve been sending me a signal of like ‘Okay, I am supposed to be this guy,’” he said. “But I would’ve been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out.”As far as the Grammy Awards go however, J. Cole is at peace with the drought continuing for the rest of his career. “I’m not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean? At least not right now, and maybe never. And if that happens, then that’s just how it was supposed to be,” Cole concludes.
Cole had another two opportunities to win in 2019 after earning nominations for his features on Miguel’s “Come Through and Chill” (Best R&B Song) and 6LACK’s “Pretty Little Fears” (Best Rap/Sung Performance). He lost in both categories.