J. Cole is Billboard’s reluctant cowl star for the second annual Hip Hop Power Players problem. During the interview — which he confesses he “was not within the temper” for — the Dreamville boss addressed a myriad of matters, together with Donald Trump.

He reveals why he didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton (in truth, he didn’t vote within the 2016 election in any respect) and admits there’s a plus facet to having Trump in workplace.

“With Trump in workplace, I really like that America will get to see the reality,” he explains. “If Hillary Clinton was in workplace, it could be essentially the most fucking disingenuous shit as a result of all people can be considering that all the pieces’s cool as a result of we bought an extremely certified feminine president. Which would’ve been superb on so many ranges.

“But all of the shit we see proper now would’ve nonetheless existed; it could’ve simply been quiet. And I favor this shit to be out loud. I favor an trustworthy America. I favor the world seeing that, sure, we’re a rustic that’s dumb sufficient — no disrespect — [that] we bought duped into electing Donald Trump.”

Elsewhere within the dialog, Cole opened up the Ok.O.D. monitor “1985,” which Lil Pump assumed was a diss aimed toward him and different SoundCloud rappers. The two ultimately sat down for a candid one-on-one dialog in an try to grasp each other. But Cole doesn’t see the monitor as “being harsh.”

“I take a look at it as being a rap response file,” he says. “It’s not even to somebody [specific]; it’s a bunch of people that have been on some ‘Fuck J. Cole’ shit, which, after I began peeking my head again into what was happening, was a shock.

“But even whereas I made the track, I used to be fucking with these youngsters. I used to be a fan. I used to be using round taking part in Lil Pump simply because I wished to grasp what it was, and the extra I understood, it was like, ‘Damn.’ I used to be writing that track from a spot of, like, smacking your little brother. I nonetheless love you, however I’ma smack you.”

Cole then opens up a few three-hour dialog he had with the late XXXTENTACION, who was going through related allegations on the time of his loss of life.

“When I came upon [about the abuse allegations against him], my first response was, ‘Man, I hope perhaps someday I’ll get an opportunity to speak to this child and determine if there’s anyplace that I may also help’ as a result of anyone who would do the shit that he did … Hurt individuals harm individuals,” he says. “I’ve walked by prisons and talked to those dudes who bought life.

“They took somebody’s life at 16 or 17 years previous. You haven’t had the prospect to course of your trauma at that age. I’ma be sympathetic to a child who has clearly been by a lot fucked-up shit that he inflicted this on another person.”

Finally, he’s requested about Kelis’ abuse allegations towards her rap celebrity ex-husband Nas, one in every of Cole’s heroes.

“That harm,” he says. “I ain’t going to lie. That hurts. [Pauses.] It feels bizarre as a result of I fuck with Nas, however I simply must be trustworthy. I got here up seeing an excessive amount of fucked-up shit for that to be acceptable. I don’t care who it’s. I don’t fuck with individuals abusing ladies, and I don’t fuck with individuals not taking good care of their youngsters.”

Read the complete interview right here. 

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