Kevin Durant Felt That J. Cole “Was In My Head” While Writing KOD
“Easy Money Sniper,” better known as Kevin Durant, is a big fan of J. Cole’s latest album, KOD, and spoke on it during the Warriors’ practice.
Kevin Durant was asked by reporter Jabari Young during the Warriors’ practice on Saturday, April 21, about his thoughts on J. Cole’s new album, KOD, and no one was surprised about his response.
“He’s a legend already, man,” the star forward said. “It felt like he was in my head as he was writing this album. The stuff he was writing about is stuff that I go through as a young man in this world, in this crazy business. It was much-needed music. I needed to hear that.”
That level of praise and kind words are what many have said about Grown Simba’s latest project.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) April 21, 2018
The mutual respect between the two hip-hop hoop-lovers is mutual, as Cole dropped a Durant reference on his 2014 Forest Hills Drive track “Fire Squad.” Durant’s comments even got back to the Dreamville CEO as he appeared to be appreciative of the general feedback for KOD, tweeting, “I appreciate the convo taking place. It’s eye opening.”
In a 2016 interview with Rob Markman for Genius, Durant spoke on Cole’s musical skills as well as the support he’s received directly from him. “J. Cole, I feel as though he’s in the top tier of rappers,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it means more coming from Cole than it does from Drake or Wale or anybody else, because all those dudes, they actually work for something to get to where they are. They had to go through the rough times to get to where they are so I respect their opinions just as much as basketball players’ opinions […] They perfected their craft, it’s just in a different profession.”
Following KOD’s release and impact, ESPN announced that they had teamed up with Cole and Dreamville Records for the 2018 NBA Playoffs campaign. As you can see for yourself below, a NBA Playoffs commercial featuring Cole’s “ATM” track, as well as a quick reference to KD’s “Easy Money Sniper” nickname can be watched and listened to.