J. Cole talks Reading, Wonderwall and Staying Alive – the Reading Club

Rapper who also boasts A$AP Rocky , F*** Yeezy , Rick Ross , Ludacris and more… Nostalgia Achieves Everything Reading Club “Being in Reading, you’ve got the book to listen to at home, you’ve…

J. Cole talks Reading, Wonderwall and Staying Alive - the Reading Club

Rapper who also boasts A$AP Rocky , F*** Yeezy , Rick Ross , Ludacris and more…

Nostalgia Achieves Everything

Reading Club

“Being in Reading, you’ve got the book to listen to at home, you’ve got the game to listen to at home. Reading all those books inspired me to start writing music. I got my love for reading back from the audience at Reading Club. I think they helped me, read them and studied a little bit, it’s taught me a lot from reading all those books. Reading is a way to take away negativity in your head, and give you good energy, and it keeps your mind healthy. Reading is for life.

“Reading good books opens your mind. You learn life lessons from reading great books from different cultures. Reading gave me life. Reading opened my mind to other cultures from different countries. I go to school everyday, but everything that I learnt, all the little things, yeah, I do it all over the place. Reading still keeps my mind on positive things. Reading gave me confidence. I gave me self-esteem, confidence, I feel like I knew that if I was reading good books I would be able to read for life. Reading has given me a lot.”

Barney’s Version (1982)

Something For The Weekend

“I went back to my page to remember my mum. I’ve got a real good connection to her, really good love. When she got in touch, you realise that she has always been a support system to me, she has always been my mum, you know, she always supported me in everything I have done. I think the song Something For The Weekend (from GTA IV), I say it was inspired to my mum because of her working all night, and she was still getting up for me to start schooling as well. We would go to school as early as 5am. That song came to mind – like I said, I had a connection to her, and she was always in my thoughts. Something For The Weekend came to mind and I played it and I loved it, and the audience love it so much, I brought it back.

“I listened to It Had To Be You by Prince, and Tina Turner, [I chose it as a song because] of how Prince introduced Tina. And I got into a conversation with my mum and heard Tina talk about being asked about Prince and he asked her about being in Prince’s studio. For my mum, that was an incredible thing. Of course, I got into the studio with Prince [for Grand Theft Auto] and I was singing her part in it, just because it gave me the chance to go back to her. It’s not about being in competition, I think it’s just the fact that he gave me such an inspiration, he is such an inspiration and it gave me a way to be able to keep playing the song. I played it in the studio and everyone was like: ‘Yeah, we know how to sing it, but we’re not as good as Prince.’”

The Cure – In Between Days

Wonderwall

“I was playing Wonderwall, but I got into a conversation about this group, The Cure, [because] the song is so fresh. It’s always really chilled out. The Cure has been around for such a long time, really one of the best bands I’ve ever heard, in my lifetime. I learned about them from people at Reading, it just always had an energy about it. It is now like a love song.

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