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..
but you already know bro the same n*ggas that want cole to be all on jay nuts are the ones that think jay is wrong for not giving beanie sigel/young chris/peedi crack that hand out.
the n*gga went from being a blog site rapper to performing at the B.E.T awards, and being on two major tours and its all off the merits of his skill and his music any n*gga hating on that ain't real point blank.