"There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend…. I made a song. This is how we feel."
J. Cole’s statement in response to the Mike Brown murder.
(Source: Rolling Stone / dreamvillerecords)
“I shot this photo of J. Cole outside of the iHeartRadio Theater in downtown NYC. I was commissioned to take some portraits and we went outside for a few minutes. I asked him what he thought of shooting in front of the truck and he told me his mom used to work for the postal service, so it was all ok.”
~Mike Lerner, 06.02.2014