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J. Cole confirms his Kill Edward alter ego was inspired by his Stepfather

J. Cole’s latest album, KOD only includes one guest appearance from a rapper named Kill Edward on two of the project’s songs. While fans of the North Carolina MC were quick to discover  that Kill Edward is J. Cole’s alter ego,  rapper now reveals how the name came to be.

During an interview with  Vulture the  “ATM” artist revealed Kill Edward was inspired by his stepfather, Edward. According to Cole, Edward separated from his mother, Kay Cole, in 2013, which led Kay to alcohol and drugs. The alter ego appears on the songs “The Cut Off” and “Friends”—tracks about cutting off people close to you and drug addiction.

Elsewhere during his interview, Cole spoke about the album’s popular closing track, 1985” The song finds Jermaine lecturing the new wave of rappers and while he doesn’t name any names, the track has already ruffled a few feathers. Cole says a shoe fit situation and several rappers can wear it.

“Why you yelling at your show? You must feel attacked in some kind of way, must feel offended, and if you feel offended, then that means something rings true, something struck a chord,” he said. “That’s cool with me. That’s all I ever want to do.”