Charlotte (CBS CHARLOTTE) – Having released his second album, “Born Sinner,” hip-hop artist J.Cole was interviewed about his views on homophobia and racism in America, going on to respond that skin color is prominent enough in American society that President Barack Obama would not have been elected if he had darker skin.
In a wide-ranging interview with BET about his career and social issues, the 28-year-old rapper was pressed on his views of skin color in America, responding:
“I can’t say it for sure but I just think we’re still in America. We’re still black Americans. Those mental chains are still in us. That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… still pursuing light skin women. There are some women out there that are like, ‘I don’t even like light skin men,’ and that’s fine.”
He continued, “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.”
Cole went on to say that he was unsure if his skin color comments would translate correctly into text, and clarified that he was simply stating that, “…it’s probably easier for a light skin male rapper than it might be for a dark skin male rapper.”
According to his BET profile, J. Cole (birth name, Jermaine Cole) was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. He was born to military parents in Germany and was raised in Fayetteville, N.C.
Cole released his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, to rave reviews and a number one spot on the Billboard charts. His sophomore LP, Born Sinner, was released in June 2013 and become one of only four hip hop albums to hit number one on the Billboard charts over four consecutive weeks.
Cole was also a nominee for Best Hip-Hop Video at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.