Fayetteville, North Carolina’s best emcee meets the most colorful interviewer in music journalism. Like his peer Drake, J. Cole found himself astounded by Nardwuar’s knowledge of his music influences, sample sources, and song lyrics. It’s always better, at least with Hip-Hop artists, when the emcee is aware of Nardwuar’s approach. When they’re not, they tend to take Nardwuar’s eccentric demeanor the wrong way (see Nas and Busta Rhymes, for example). This isn’t as funny as the Drake one, but illuminating on the sample tip regarding some of Cole’s recent work off Friday Night Lights like “Blow Up.” Personally, I’d love to see a Nardwuar vs. Suge Knight.
Focus “Moving Waves” (J. Cole’s sample for “Blow Up”) ( :53 mark and repeated throughout)