Once upon a time, there was a kid named J. Cole...

There are a few rappers that I've followed since the start of their career and J. Cole is one of them. I remember when the tall guy named "Jermaine" would hang out in NYC and party with us (I'm pretty sure, I hit on him during one hazy night). It's pretty surreal that he's now a bonafide superstar that sold out Madison Square Garden this summer. HE SOLD OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN.

Nice guys finish first, kids. Peep my interview with Cole in this week's issue of Village Voice or online. S/o to Nicole to the wavy photos.