J. Cole says that he does not have an arrogant attitude towards his Grammy nomination, and will not be a sore loser if he does not take home the trophy.
The 'Work Out' rapper was stunned to learn he had been nominated for Best New Artist at the prestigious awards, and despite mentor Jay-Z saying he is "already the winner," Cole remains humble.
"It would be incredible to win. That's an understatement… since I didn't even expect to get nominated," he told L.A. Times' Pop & Hiss blog.
He continued: "But I'm not walking in there with the attitude that I'm the guy [to beat]. But if I won, I'd know why. And if I didn't win, I'd understand."
Cole's profile rose with his popular series of mixtapes, and he attributes his success to the quality of those EPs and his debut album Cole World: The Sidelines Story. "I think it was a combination of putting out quality projects like mixtapes that sounded like albums.We only call them mixtapes because they are free. And I've been touring for two and a half years straight.
"I already had a strong foundation of fans, I just wasn't sure that they would buy the album," he added.
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