J. Cole to Give Single Moms Rent-Free Housing at Childhood Home
At the end of 2014, J. Cole released his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, without lead-up singles or videos. The album received rave reviews, and the rapper was praised for his emotional response to Michael Brown’s murder, penned by the rapper, as well as humbly inviting fans to his childhood home for a first-listen event. Now, the rapper is using his childhood home again to give back in a much deeper and more personal way.
In a recent interview with The Combat Jack Show, the “Can’t Get Enough” rapper revealed his plans to use his Fayetteville, NC childhood home, which is the inspiration for the title of his new album, as a temporary, rent-free home for single mothers with multiple children.
“What we gon’ do, we still working it out right now, obviously it’s a detailed, fragile situation I don’t wanna play with,” he said. “My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”
J. Cole explained that his decision stems from his own experiences as a child. When his parents divorced, he, his siblings and his mother had to move from military housing to a trailer park on the outskirts of Fayetteville. Eventually they moved to the now-iconic address, and he remembers his excitement as a kid. Now he wants to give other kids the same excitement he once experienced.
Listen to the full interview below:
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