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How Moneybagg Yo Brought Us “Trap J. Cole”

“‘It’s a good song, but that’s not what I want. I’m trying to come into your world.’”

Rap has had a hell of a year. So many talented artists have released their debut albums in 2018, including Cardi B, Jack Harlow, and Rico Nasty. Along with them, a now-vet in this iteration of the rap game debuted his new persona: Trap J. Cole. 

As Moneybagg Yo tells it, he helped form Trap J. Cole during the making of his own debut album, Reset.

“He told me he ain’t even supposed to be in the studio that day,” Moneybagg Yo said on on Big Boy’s Neighborhood of his linking up with J. Cole to record "Say Na." “His homeboy called him up to the studio—we was in LA—he came to the studio and we end up bumpin’ into each other in the hallway. [I'm] like, ‘Damn, big fan, da-da-da.’ I went in his room, we got to chopping it up, and I’m like, ‘Look, I’m working on my first album, this my first big album. I’m a fan, I really want you a part of this…’ Boom! I end up going into the room, three minutes later, he right behind me. He’s like, ‘Pull something up.’ I pulled something up that was in his lane, and he listened to it and he was like, ‘I ain’t gon’ lie, they gon’ fuck with that. It’s a good song, but that’s not what I want. I’m trying to come into your world.’ That’s how I got the Trap J. Cole.”

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Trap J. Cole had already popped up on Cole’s own 2018 album, KOD, but to fully immerse him in the rattling hi-hat experience is a whole other beast. Thank you, Moneybagg Yo. We appreciate you.

More importantly, though, good for J. Cole for wanting to collaborate on a genuine level, not simply play his understood role on a track. It would be easy for Cole to lay a passable verse and call it that, but his wishing to step into Yo’s world is a testament of his artistic merit and spirit. In case anyone was wondering, the song bangs, too.

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