J. Cole On Losing “Stay” to Nas (Video)

blame it on Shake February 21, 2013

Speaking with MTV, J. Cole speaks on how he lost out on the No I.D.-produced “Stay” instrumental which he has before Nas George Bush’d the button and gave it a home on Life Is Good.

We did the most incredible songs in one week. We did ‘Not Too Late,’ ‘Stay,’ ‘Never Told’ and a few more joints that haven’t even come out yet. ‘Stay’ was towards the end of the process — he just looped up this sample, and while he’s looping up the sample, I’m writing the words, and before you know it, I have the song. ‘Stay’ was my favorite song that was absolutely going on my first album, but I guess I’ll just chalk it up to my inexperience in the game. As time goes on, I’m not solidifying it, which basically means I’m not locking down the beat from No I.D. Long story short, I didn’t buy that beat from No I.D., and Nas bought that beat. He didn’t even know I did a joint on it either. I don’t even know if he knows, but I had that shit first.

That taught me a lesson real quick: If you want a record, you have to put some money down on it. Honestly, I heard Nas’ joint one time, and I can’t listen again. It’s hard for me. It’s rightfully his record, he put it out first, and he killed it too, but I can’t listen.

He also reveals that he missed out on Rick Ross’ “Tears of Joey” as well.

The same thing happened with ‘Tears of Joy.’ I smacked myself. That’s two classics that was supposed to be mine. But ‘Tears of Joy,’ I couldn’t have did what Ross did on that, because [I] was in a bad place. Me and No I.D. was in the studio, but the label was on me about some hits, so it was a bad session. I squeezed out a verse on ‘Tears of Joy,’ but I was not in a good place to do anything close to what Ross did on that. But I still smack myself about those.

J. Cole’s new project Truly Yours — which includes his version of “Stay” from 2009 — is available now. As well as his new single “Power Trip” featuring Miguel.

  • Dope

    Yeah Tears of Joy is an incredible piece of music. I can’t believe he didn’t tuck that away. Oh well. Lesson learned.

  • Mike

    Glad he didn’t put Stay on the album, sounds better with Nas

  • Boomerang Slang

    As long as Cole continues to work with No ID and has more than one song with him on his next album. No ID’s sound is perfect for Cole and can take his music to the next level.

  • Thank Me

    didn’t cyhi use that beat too

  • henz

    cole stays losing nothing new here.

  • Tiiz

    @ThankMe Same sample, different beat.

  • the realest

    yeah cole missed out. aint no hungry nigga finna let those beats go. ESPECIALLY when you aint got no hits. atleast dude keep it real about the label gettin on his head about having no hits. thats the real and only reason why he stay tucked away in a closet somewhere. no hit, no go.

    and ross did spazz on that beat tho.

  • Look with all due respect to every bodies opinions but listen to jcoles version of stay then listen to the stay record on LIFE IS GOOD there is no way you can compare the two don’t nobody want to touch it NAS bodied the shit!

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  • Snas

    ^^^FOH Rick.. Lol

  • HouseOfStark

    What happened to logic. Stay nor Tears of Joy cannot be defined as “Hits”. They are good songs on their given albums but these weren’t on any billboards. I think it shows Cole’s ear for beats.

  • adi Pre

    Damn I’d slap myself silly if I missed out on Tears of Joy, that track is hands down incredible, by far Ross’s best track.

  • lm

    not too late?

    Never heard it and cant find it online. anyone got a link?