J. Cole sat down with MTV to tell an interesting story of how procrastination ended up kicking him in the ass causing him to miss out on two very well known No I.D. beats. On Light Skin Jermaine’s Truly Yours EP, the final track was “Stay (2009).” The reason being because Cole, in fact, had the instrumental for years but ended up sitting on his version and not paying No I.D. for the beat.
Long story short, when it came down to put his debut album together, the instrumental had already been sold to Nas and, well, the rest is history. He also stumbled on the “Tears Of Joy” before Rick Ross, but admitted his mind wasn’t in the right place thanks in large part to label pressure to deliver a hit single.
The lesson in all this? Artists who are just starting out, don’t be cheap and not buy an instrumental you know is a winner. You’ll end up hating yourself in the long run. Cole sure knows how to pick ’em, but not swipe the debit card to keep ’em. And Jay was spot on with what he had to say about regrets in 1996.