Rapper J. Cole had came under back in June when the North Carolina native released “Snow on Tha Bluff,” which many people claimed that he was taking shots at Chicago rapper & singer Noname after her Twitter rant two weeks earlier about how mainstream rappers are not addressing the issues with the systematic injustice with law enforcement after the deaths of George Floyd & Breonna Taylor which sparked up international protest/riots.
The day after the release of “Snow on Tha Bluff,” Cole responded to the backlash by stating that he stands behind everything that was said in “Snow on Tha Bluff.” Many artists from rappers Chance the Rapper & Earl Sweatshirt to Cole’s Dreamville label-mate Ari Lennox criticized Cole for his perspective on the song.
Two weeks ago, J. Cole had announced that his retirement by releasing a two-song EP entitled Lewis Street, which includes both “The Climb Back” & “Lion King on Ice.”
Last week, the rapper appeared in a PUMA commercial entitled “The Dreamer” with hip hop mogul and No Limit Records founder Master P as the narrator. Days after the release of the PUMA commercial, TMZ reported J Cole was talking with Master P about heading into the NBA and Cole’s basketball dreams.
“I said to get one of these NBA jerseys, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be a lot of hate, it’s gonna be a lot of people not believing in you but you know J. Cole — he got the right size, he in the gym!,” Master P said to TMZ after talking with J.Cole.
For those who are not familiar with Master P’s venture into the NBA, the rapper was only 31 years old when first entered into the NBA during the 1998 pre-season with the Charlotte Hornets (then signing with the Toronto Raptors during the 1999 pre-season respectively).
Although he had a short-lived career in the NBA, what amazes some people about Master P was at the height of his success in the rap industry, signing major acts such as rappers Mystikal, Mia X, brothers C-Murder and Silkk the Shocker, rapper Snoop Dogg after his departure from Death Row Records and still managed to enter the NBA with little experience in organized basketball.
For those who do not know, before his emergence into rap industry, Master P received a basketball scholarship to the University of Houston before dropping out.
Similarly, J. Cole was a talented high school basketball player at Terry Sanford High School in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
It was rumored that since Cole was talented, he had received offers from top Division 1 schools in the nation prior to his decision to go to St. John’s University in Queens, New York.
“You’re gonna have to be able to hit every shot and if you don’t hit every shot, they — you know in the NBA, they don’t hit every shot, but they believe in them,” Master P told Cole during their conversation about getting a contract with an NBA team.
Two days ago, the Detroit Pistons reached out to DreamVille rapper and offered him a tryout shortly after his conversation with Master P on how to make it on the court.
Here is the Twitter post, thanks to Bleacher Report.
Pistons ready to give J. Cole a tryout 👀 pic.twitter.com/FJ8iu9KD7s
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 4, 2020
What are your thoughts? Do you think J Cole has a shot to make it into the NBA? Are the Detroit Pistons going to pick him up and sign him? How well do you think Cole World is going to be during this upcoming COVID-19 NBA season?
Here is two versions of “The Dreamer” commercial featuring J.Cole & Master P, thanks to YouTube
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