J. Cole to let single mothers live rent-free in childhood home
The hip hop artist grew up at 2014 Forest Hills Drive in Fayetteville.Posted — Updated
Cole elaborated on the topic during a recent two-hour interview with the Combat Jack Show podcast. He first mentioned the idea during an interview with Complex magazine last year.
The home had a huge impact on Cole's life. He, his mother and brother had previously lived in military housing and then in a trailer park in Spring Lake. When his mother remarried, the family moved to the two-story home on Forest Hills Drive.
"That was a mansion to me compared to where we came," Cole said on the podcast.
When he moved into the home, he finally had his own room where he could explore his musical tastes and abilities.
"When I got my own room, I could do things like zone out to the music I wanted to hear," he told Complex. "I could do things like rap in front of the mirror and nobody's looking and I don't feel crazy. I could do things like sit in my own thoughts and write my raps. That's when I became more introspective. This is where I started dreaming the dream."
Cole bought the home for $120,000 through his Dreamville Foundation, The Fayetteville Observer reported.
Cole told the podcast that he hopes that a single mother with more than one child will be able to move in. "I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got the house," he said.
The address was the name of Cole's most recent album and a photo of it even appeared on cover.
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