Excerpt from Vibe Q&A with J. Cole....
Sha Money XL told me once that he brought you to 50 Cent before you signed with Roc Nation. What do you remember about first meeting him?
I didn’t meet 50 when Sha was trying to introduce me, but there’s a crazy story. I was unsigned and my name was starting to get around the industry. I took a meeting with Paul Rosenberg and a meeting with Mark Pitts, but my stuff hadn’t got to Jay Z yet. Nobody was making a move. “Lights Please” and “Lost Ones” were making their rounds, but it wasn’t no real action yet. I ended up in Connecticut at 50’s crib and he wasn’t home that night but people was still in his crib.
Were Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks around?
Yayo, Sha Money and a couple other people were there, but Banks wasn’t that night. Yayo was going nuts, like, “Son!” When I see Tony Yayo today we still talk about that. It was a crazy night. After that, Sha Money was trying to f*** with me heavy. He was like “Son, look, I’m playing 50 your s***.” Supposedly the story is that he played 50 my s*** and 50 wasn’t sure. Like, “I don’t know, man. Is he one of these skinny jeans n*****?” He couldn’t see it, but it was a good time in my life. It was brand new, fresh. Being in that crib was amazing.