J. Cole Speaks to Students at Harvard

J. Cole

Class is in session. J. Cole went before a room of students at Harvard University on Tuesday to speak as part of a discourse on hip-hop called “The Next Move: A Conversation with J. Cole.”

The Roc Nation rapper took the podium and shared his early influences, which included Kool Moe Dee, Bobby Brown, and Michael Jackson. His stepfather later introduced him to Tupac and other West Coast artists. He also shared his dreams of going to the NBA and the moment he realized that he had a future in rap, which he credits his mother for supporting early on.

An excited Cole was still riding off the high following his lecture. “Harvard, that was ill,” tweeted Cole, adding, “Lemme stop being cool, THAT SHIT WAS AMAZING. Thanks.”

Take a lesson from Professor Cole.

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36 Comments

  1. Lauren

    Soooooooooo sick. Thanks, Cole. xoxoxoxo

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  5. Breeangel

    Sighs…..he’s just amazing : )

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  6. Sharlyn

    We need more artists like him.

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  8. Ice

    Cole is an inspiration. He made the right decision in life by getting a degree before pursuing music, and his lyrics reflect that.

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  10. Speechless

    Educated and talented. Cant beat that.

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  11. Ewan

    Once in a lifetime experience. Glad I registered in time.

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  12. Michael o

    Why? Shouldn’t he be at Howard or Tuskegee ? What stupid students signed up for this seminar waste of tuition and Harvard time

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    Sebastian Reply:

    @Michael o, If you’d listen to his interviews, you’d know why dumbass. Stop playing the race card. You only make yourself look foolish. Although, I have to say, you sound like one of the “stupid students” that weren’t quick enough on your feet.

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    Michael o Reply:

    @Sebastian, what race card? His money is what is allowing him use that campus, he doesn’t sound eloquent , I don’t hear of relevant achievements , he is not a hip hop activist, so what relevance is he and this concocted interview. There is no need to be quick about nothing, J cole most likely needs the connections at Harvard as opposed to students clamoring for his

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    ewr Reply:

    @Michael o, who the fuck are you. harvard wanted him, why the fuck should we care how you feel about it? lol. people get behind a computer and swear they are entitled to something. stay mad.

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    Michael o Reply:

    @ewr, you are mad because…? It’s a fairly simple discussion, Harvard wanted him? Receipts…? The question is simple… What is the purpose of his visit, could he be some where else where his lecture could have made more impact

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    zuzu Reply:

    @Michael o, Did you listen to the third part of the interview? You sound like an idiot.

    Yikes Reply:

    @Michael o, YOU’RE A FULL BLOWN IDIOT

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    Its My Opinon NIGGA Reply:

    @Michael o, So wait because he is black he should only go to black universites, Yeah your really breaking down racial barriers SMH

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    TRUTH Reply:

    @Michael o, let me spit some game real quick. As a black man who attends an elite Ivy League university, I can guarantee you that these kids who are in the class are either: 1) black athletes, 2) just fulfilling an arts requirement set forth by the university or 3) Niggas just wanted to see J. Cole, and ‘aint a damn thing wrong with that.

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    Michael o Reply:

    @TRUTH, lol exactly. Glad someone is honest enough to admit that, dint day anything is wrong with him going to Harvard, free country , the thing is if he is giving a “lecture” and really wanted to honestly, then it would be sensible and practical to give it where its impact will actually be felt. Real shit. As opposed to people saying Harvard wanted him, nope.

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  13. flawda

    LOL at the Michael O clown, you are mad for no reason. SMH at him being designated to only HBCU, this isn’t the 1950′s dude, you can kill that segregation nonsense.

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  14. THEDON

    Coleword taking over this rap sh*t, educated and well spoken.. Well done J. Cole

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  26. Michael o

    @TRUTH, lol exactly. Glad someone is honest enough to admit that, dint day anything is wrong with him going to Harvard, free country , the thing is if he is giving a “lecture” and really wanted to honestly, then it would be sensible and practical to give it where its impact will actually be felt. Real shit.

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    flawda Reply:

    @Michael o,

    You’re basically implying only black people listen to J Cole and that Harvard has no black students. You can’t be this damn ignorant and dense. smh

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