J. Cole photograph by Aaron Stern

J. Cole and HardknockTV link back up after 4 years.  During their time in the studio, Cole speaks on hip hop memories, his first written rhyme, and music influences Nas & Eminem. To end the first segment, Cole breaks down his early days opening for Wale. Something every aspiring artist who constantly complains about not being “on” after recording a song on your laptop and spamming everyone on Twitter should watch. Patience and an actual grind are key.