see i was gonna hate on this thread to... but he's right... J Cole would be known by alot more people if he was seen with Jay-z at all.. once even... s**t...if J Cole were to drop an album today.. he would sell less than 10,000 the 1st week... and you all might say that record sales dont mean much...but if your favorite artist cant sell records..and if getting shafted by record companies and the idustry..then you might not see that artist have a long career.....
he makes his own beats.. and he raps his a.ss off..
which means, he dont need a record deal.. and he dont need to sell one album.. he just needs a website where he can post his music and his fans will be happy..
furthermore, j cole name is out there BIG TIME... and guess what, he did it without posing in pictures with jay-z...
the fact that this thread was made shows that HE DOESNT WANT TO USE JAY AS A CRUTCH, he even tries not to mention his name all that much in his music..