‘I Felt Like I Had A Chance’: J.Cole Talks Being An Alicia Keys Stan And Waiting For Her After One Of Her Shows At 14
You’re not the only person who was out here putting the poster of a celebrity crush on your wall back in the day. Some of the celebrities we jam to today have been open about the fact that they were doing the same thing at one time, and maybe even a little bit more. Just ask rapper J. Cole.
During an interview with The Fat Jew for The Crosby Press, the very cute MC was asked about the women he encounters at his shows, and instead of bragging or telling a sordid groupie tale like most rappers, he threw himself under the bus–in a comical way. He opened up about his own past being a fanatic for no other than Alicia Keys, which is why he can’t even hate on the women who go hard trying to meet and mess with celebs after shows:
“You know what? I have fanatic tendencies in me too. Alicia Keys, I one time…this is going to be crazy. When I was like 14, Alicia Keys just came out. I was in love with her. You can ask my mom, she’ll tell you. Super duper crush on Alicia Keys. There were a few of these in my life. Mariah Carey was one when I was real young. Alicia Keys when I was a little older. I felt like I had a chance. So I’m at this Alicia Keys concert with my cousin in Dallas, I’m 14 mind you…needing Alicia Keys. She does her set. They had a bunch of other people performing. She ends her performance and I tell my cousin, ‘Yo, there’s only one place she can go. She gotta leave from the back.’ So I convinced my cousin to go the back, so now the same things girls are doing to me in the shows, I was that guy. ”
“So you see a young Jermaine Cole, trying to be smooth. I don’t even speak cause I think she’s just going to see me. Nothing. I’m behind the gate, and she just got in her car and went. But the way I thought it was going to go was she was going to be like ‘You! [points] 14-year-old boy!’ So, I say all that to say, there’s nothing really weird to me that a fan can do. … I get it.” I was 14, [but in my head] it was going to be perfect [laughs].”
Big laugh at him thinking he was really going to meet her outside and get play. But that’s pubescent teenagers for you.
Check out the funny interview on the next page!