In the parking lot of the Sportsmen’s Lodge, an unpretentious Studio City haunt once favored by Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and John Wayne, J. Cole sits behind the wheel of a rented Bentley Bentayga. The Bentley costs $700 a day, and Cole’s in Los Angeles for eight weeks. He’s been a millionaire since 2010 and still hates spending money, balks at even paying $15 for the Wi-Fi at most overpriced hotels, but this car, and the private jets he sometimes takes now, are things he can afford. “I’m just like — ahhh, fuck it,” Cole says, shaking his head. “These are the fuck-its. And this is the fuck-it period.” I get in, and he asks where I want to go. “You ever been to the forest?” I offer. He seems slightly confused, like, There’s a forest out here? Angeles National Forest is about a 20-, 30-minute drive, I explain, up in the mountains. Once you’re up there, you can see the whole city. He sets his GPS and we start driving. Cole hasn’t done an extended interview in more than three years, not since 2014 Forest Hills Drive, his third album, the one that catapulted him to true stardom. “Nobody… Read full this story
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