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J. Cole Explains His "Light Skin" Privilege In Music Success

J. Cole Explains His
by Vanessa Denis

J. Cole had an interview with 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

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