In a recent interview, J. Cole opened up about his initial feelings towards Soulja Boy’s music, admitting that he didn’t quite grasp the appeal of the hit song “Crank That” when it first came out. The North Carolina artist reflected on his past perceptions during an appearance on Lil Yachty’s A Safe Place podcast on November 1.
“Around the time Soulja Boy came out, I don’t know how this happened but, I had a realization within myself ’cause I’m hearing that shit and I’m like ‘Man this shit, Soulja Boy tell em”, ” the “She Knows” rapper revealed on Lil Yachty‘s A Safe Place podcast on Thursday (November 1).”
“Sounds crazy to say now ’cause it’s such a classic to me. But at that time, I had resistance. Similar to when you came out and your class came out, I had resistance. ‘Nah that’s not the thing that I love. Like what? Y’all fucking with this?’ I was one of them. But there was a part of me that had a realization. I was proud of myself for this realization. So I was like ‘Bruh, you a hater. Like, yo you are literally hating. You know you like this shit.'”
Niggaz always hated on me nothing new. Him and big sean was on some hating shit. But fuck them im still lit 🔥 https://t.co/ZJiZRzqwi9— Soulja Boy (Draco) (@souljaboy) November 4, 2023
In response to J. Cole’s comments, Soulja Boy took to Twitter on November 4 to express his disagreement, interpreting J. Cole’s words as ongoing criticism. He stated, “N***az always hated on me nothing new. Him and big sean was on some hating shit. But fuck them im still lit. Aye bruh don’t speak on me @JColeNC I’m not lil pump, drake, or none of these rapper n***az. On God.”