J. Cole is killing all of you rappers when it comes to being for the people. He is truly a humanitarian in my eyes. Since purchasing his childhood home of 2014 Forrest Hills Drive, Cole announced he has plans on making it a safe haven for single mothers with multiple children. He talked about how growing up, he and his mother lost their military housing and had to move into a trailer park before moving into the house that has become his greatest inspiration for his music to date.
While doing an interview with Combat Jack, he expressed wanting to give other families that feeling of having a real home.
In the South, especially in North Carolina, it’s like this,” he said of his family moving to a trailer park when he was 4. “I can’t speak for Atlanta, I’m not from there. But North Carolina is like this. That was my first glimpse of the hood. This is not Eminem, 8 Mile. Shit was fucked up. No disrespect to people that’s still in the trailers and shit but that’s what it is. It’s very affordable housing. Very affordable. The neighborhood we lived in was fucked up. I was a kid. The reason why it had such a big effect on me is that I was coming from somewhere else. I was coming from a military base. My father was in the army and my mother was too, she got out when she had me. Before I was 1 we moved back [from Germany] to Fayetteville, Fort Bragg.
My parents separated before I was even conscious. After we moved back they were separated. When they got divorced we had to move out of the military quarters ’cause you can only live there if you’re married. That’s like real nice housing, it ain’t no mansion but it’s safe. Everybody got jobs, everybody got benefits ’cause they’re all in the Army. When I’m four years old we have to move; it’s me, my brother, and my mother and we moved to Spring Lake, a little outskirt area of Fayetteville. We moved to the trailer park in Spring Lake. It was my first taste of like, ‘Oh, shit. This is nothing like where we came from.’ I knew the energy was not right. I knew my mother was the only white lady in the neighborhood and there was no man in the house.
Cole then went on to explain exactly what he wants to do with the house. Although he doesn’t live there physically, he plans to be hands on with the project.
“Nah, I don’t really live there,” he said. “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.”
This is sooo amazing! Families will be able to get on their feet all thanks to the young kid that grew up there.
Can we get Big Sean to do something like this for Detroit? Our families could definitely benefit from it.
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