On the heels of the release of his “G.O.M.D.” visuals, J. Cole chopped it up wit Saint Heron about the inspiration behind his latest offering. Revealing that the slave-inspired narrative was an idea two years in the making, the rapper shared that the idea was originally intended for a Born Sinner track.
“You know, honestly, it’s a video idea I had on my last album for a song called ‘Chaining Day.’ I always wanted to do that video,” he said. “I had that video idea in my head for like two years or so, and like, I always wanted to make that statement, because it comments on so much. So the video idea was honestly already there before the song was ever made.”
Citing the “G.O.M.D.” video as “commentary on the need for unity and togetherness,” Cole also shared that the slave storyline was inspired by August Wilson’s play The Piano Lesson, from which he lifted the track’s opening sample. The Dreamville chief offered discussed the video’s correlation between Kendrick Lamar’s content on To Pimp A Butterfly, a theme he shared he had discussed with his rap cohort.
“We do have conversations when we get together about the same shit that we’re talking about and rapping about. Everything that I’m revealing on my album, I was telling him. Like, ‘Yo this is what I figured out. I see this shit like this. I might not even be doing this shit no more because I see this,’” he said. “You know, I’m telling him all this. Even with his album, I haven’t been able to dive all the way in his joint, but I know that there’s a moment where he’s calling for unity no matter the gang color.”
Giving K. Dot the ultimate cosign, J. Cole also professed his belief that the Compton MC could help end gang violence in L.A. through his music.
“I’m just explaining to him, like yo, I feel like you can do it. You have the respect of that neighborhood and L.A. on another level. If anybody can come through and put an end to this shit, it gotta be you,” he said. “The thing is, music is powerful, but I don’t know how powerful it is. I don’t know what it can actually do, but I respect him for speaking on it. That nigga’s an amazing artist from top to bottom.”
Read J. Cole’s full interview with Saint Heron here.