J Cole is no longer trying to compete with others in the rap game.

In a recent interview, he said, “These are the guys that push you, and you gotta push them. I was so competitive early on that, like, even though we were all friends, I’ve never been a reach out, I’ve never been that person, especially when it’s competition involved. It’s almost like working out together.”

He also said he is less competitive the older he gets. “But as I’ve gotten older, I realize that no one is truly my peer or can relate to what I’m going through in life more than these people right here–just in terms of whatever pressures there might be… Nobody can really relate to that like these dudes, and I really genuinely f—k with these dudes.”

He also adds that he’s more interested in genuine friendships.

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