J. Cole’s inaugural Dreamville Fest took place early this month (4/6) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rap Radar came onto the scene to interview with various artists, including the main headliner himself. Cole sat down with Brian (B.Dot) Miller and Elliot Wilson to discuss various topics, including the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle.
During his performance, J. Cole honored Nipsey Hussle during his performance of “Love Yourz.” A picture of Nipsey appeared on the screen behind Cole, and between verses he stated:
“Rest in peace Nipsey Hussle. You a f**king legend.”
In the interview with Rap Radar, Elliot Wilson discussed his desires to see Cole and Hussle collaborate, to which Cole replied:
“We had text like maybe three weeks ago. He was like, ‘Yo, I would love to…,’ I’m like, ‘Hell yeah, this the year.’ Cause when he hit me I realized, ‘Damn we ain’t got no joint together.’ … So when he hit me I was like, ‘Bro this the year, we gotta get one.’ This year was supposed to be the year.”
Known for multiple multi-platinum albums that featured no other artists, Cole began to reflect on other artists he hadn’t had a chance to collaborate with.
“When Nipsey got killed, the first person I thought about after obviously thinking about Nipsey and how fucked up the situation was, the first person I thought about was Meek. I know he don’t move that close to the neighborhood no more, but I just thought about him as somebody that’s so important.”
Cole discussed the fact that he has yet to record with Meek, and expresses that he would like to change that soon.
Nipsey’s death had and continues to have an impact felt by the entire industry. His funeral procession took place this past Thursday and featured appearances and performances from artists including Jhené Aiko, Snoop Dogg, YG, Stevie Wonder, and more.