When J. Cole announced his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, would be released in December without lead-up singles or videos, the most earnest piece of promotion he did was a first-listen event at his childhood home for which the album was titled.
Now, Cole says he’s working on opening the Fayetteville, N.C., house to single mothers with multiple children as a temporary, rent-free home.
Speaking with the Combat Jack show, Cole said he doesn’t live in the house he bought last summer but instead wants to use it to help others feel how he felt living there after coming from a much harder neighborhood.
“What we gon’ do, we still working it out right now, obviously it’s a detailed, fragile situation I don’t wanna play with,” he said. “My goal is to have that be a haven for families. So every two years a new family will come in, they live rent-free. The idea is that it’s a single mother with multiple kids and she’s coming from a place where all her kids is sharing a room. She might have two, three kids, they’re sharing a room. She gets to come here rent free. I want her kids to feel how I felt when we got to the house.”
But Cole also noted the house has been getting since unwanted attention since the album release, which has a photo of him sitting on house’s roof on its cover.
“By the way, tell people to stop going to my house and sitting on my roof taking pictures,” he said. “And they stealing the f—ing street sign.”