Billboard caught up with J. Cole on the red carpet of the American Music Awards and spoke to him about his single "Miss America." Cole stated why he crafted "Miss America" to be the type of song that it is, and also that his next album, Born Sinner, may not be ready until January 28th, which is his birthday, although that date is not set in stone at the moment.
"We have like a responsibility and a certain power that comes with making the music and playing the music. And that comes with a responsibility to keep things fresh and not to fall into the mode of what's traditional. I have singles that fall into that, but if I can use my power in some kind of way I'm gonna try to use it to shift culture just a little bit. And to me "Miss America" shifts things a little bit, it changes the conversation it takes it in a more aggressive direction, more raw, more social commentary. Any type of commentary is good compared to what a normal single is these days. That's my aim is to shift culture slightly, change the conversation....nobody expects that for your first single."
J. Cole will also be working on a short film in December.