Q-and-A with J.Cole before spring concert

By Jana Milan

Every year the Student Activities Board has a spring concert, and this year’s featured artists are J. Cole and Gym Class Heroes.

Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known as J. Cole, is a Grammy-nominated North Carolina native who was the first artist signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label. His debut album was titled “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” While Cole is a talented rapper, he also graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. John’s University.

During a phone interview, I asked Cole about the upcoming concert, how it felt to be nominated for a Grammy and what it’s like working with Gym Class Heroes.

A: Just the people. The type of energy that is there is crazy!

A: It was unbelievable and I honestly was in shock when I found out. “Best New Artist” is something you can only be nominated for once, so when I found out I was nominated I was so honored.

A: They are dope! I’ve done two shows with them before and I love working with them. They are talented artists and it’s always fun to get to work with people like them.

A: I like the energy. Some of the kids in the crowd are from small towns and this might even be their first concert. Like I said, the energy is the best part. I like to see the crowd get hype and it’s always hype on a college campus.

A: I don’t really know, I like them all (laughs). It’s great when you can see the crowd getting into it; during some songs people even start crying.