I love my fellow Aquarian, J. Cole announced plans to use the house that he grew up in as a rent-free haven for single mothers with multiple children.
Speaking with the Combat Jack show for a lengthy breakdown of his new music, childhood, and rise to success, Cole explained his experience moving from military housing to a trailer park to the single family home that graces his latest album cover. Explaining his excitement as a kid to move into the now-iconic address, Cole said he wants to give other kids that same opportunity.
According to the Urbandaily.com
Detailing the family dynamics that allowed Cole, his brother, and mother to move to Forest Hills Drive, the N.C. emcee opened up about hearing the news his mother had lost the house and his decision years later to buy it back himself. While he says he doesn’t live there himself, Cole broke down his ambition to flip the property into something more.
“Nah, I don’t really live there,” he said. “What we gon’ do, we still working it out right now, obviously it’s a detailed, fragile situation I don’t wanna play with. My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”
Still, Cole joked about the unwanted attention the property has gotten since the album release.
“By the way, tell people to stop going to my house and sitting on my roof taking pictures,” he said. “And they stealing the fucking street sign.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Cole spoke more generally about life and his current success.
“When I was at my brokest and before the deal when we was trying to get on, I was so happy,” he said. “Even though I was living in the future I was living so hopeful in the future. I had faith. It was hope and faith. I was appreciating the journey because I was sure of what was to come. Somewhere along the line, in the midst of all the pressure, the attachments to expectations [came]. Like, ‘No, I want it go like this. Oh no.’ That led to frustration. What if? What if I ain’t really what they [saying].”
“Appreciation is everything,” he also said. “Life could be both beautiful or ugly depending on how you look at it. It could be both hard and blessed. Heaven or hell. It’s all within us. The devil is in us. God is in us. All of these things are within us. It’s just how we choose to view it, it’s the decisions we make, how we decided to view it.”
This is why I will forever support J. Cole, congratulations on doing a beautiful gesture for the single mother’s in need in his area,,,