J. Cole had an interview with BET.com and the topic of colorism came up, you know, the whole light-skin vs dark-skin debate.
BET asked Cole since he rapped about dark-skin vs. light skin women frequently if he felt that was an issue men in hip-hop face as well.
For the most part, J. Cole said that he wouldn't be as successful as he is today if he were dark-skinned. He even used Barack Obama as an example to support his case.
"But Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin. You know what I mean? That’s just the truth. I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin. I’m not saying that for sure, I’m still as talented as I am and Obama is still as smart as he is, but it’s just a sad truth…
"I don’t even know if this is going to translate well into text and people not hearing what I’m saying, but it’s a sad reality. So I can only naturally assume it’s probably easier for a light skin male rapper than it might be for a dark skin male rapper. It’s all subconscious s***, nobody’s aware — I think that s*** still subconsciously affects us."
SALUTE: Necole Bitchie