Back in December, J. Cole dropped his third studio album named after his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Since buying back the property his mother lost all those years ago, Cole has already welcomed all kinds of people to see where he and his brother grew up from publications to fans wanting to sit on his roof to mimic his memorable album cover. But soon, his property will be having more guests that have something in common with Cole.
During his appearance on The Combat Jack Show, Cole goes further into his plans for turning his childhood home into a safe haven for single mothers with multiple children. It would be rent-free and give kids the same opportunity that Cole and his brother had when were kids.
“What we gon’ do, we still working it out right now, obviously it’s a detailed, fragile situation I don’t wanna play with. My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”
Cole cracked some jokes about the local fans coming to the house and climbing all over the roof and stealing the street signs. He also spoke about what his life and success has made him realize about the amount of faith he had over the years despite everything he went through. But at least he appreciates everything he has thus far.
“Appreciation is everything,” he also said. “Life could be both beautiful or ugly depending on how you look at it. It could be both hard and blessed. Heaven or hell. It’s all within us. The devil is in us. God is in us. All of these things are within us. It’s just how we choose to view it, it’s the decisions we make, how we decided to view it.”