It’s not often J. Cole sits down for an in-depth interview, but when he does, the cerebral rapper makes sure to drop plenty of gems.

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Following a brief media run in December when his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive dropped, the “No Role Modelz” artist stopped by Tavis Smiley yesterday and discussed a slew of important topics.

Breaking down the art of storytelling, his life in college, and much more, the chat gave us an even deeper perspective on Cole.

One of the more prominent highlights for fans is his discussion of “Love Yourz,” a stand-out track off Forest Hills. The 30-year-old spoke about how meaningful the song is and what the lyrics mean to him personally, doling out advice about life and happiness along the way.

See the full interview with J. Cole and Tavis Smiley above.

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