J. Cole’s Manager Denies Claims He Charged $978K For Lil Durk ‘All My Life’ Verse

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J. Cole’s manager has denied claims that the rapper charged $978K for his guest verse on Lil Durk’s “All My Life,” calling “cap” on the claim.

On Monday, June 5, Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad, Cole’s longtime manager  respond to a tweet from RapHouseTV alleging that Cole made Durk cough up $978,000 for his feature on the song.

Hamad replied with a cap emoji, while Durk’s DJ also denied the claim by writing on Twitter: “False news we ain’t never paid for a feature… Ever!”

The aforementioned tweet didn’t provide any evidence for their claim, and seemed to merely be citing Cole’s verse on Young Thug’s “The London” on which he rapped: “A verse from me is like eleven birds/ I did the math it’s like $2,000 every word.”

Recently, Lil Durk spoke about “All My Life” in an interview with Complex last month, and admitted J. Cole ‘smoked his ass’ on his own song.

“He smoked my ass on that one, for one — barely,” Smurk said when asked about his experience working with the Dreamville don. “That barely happens. But shout out to J. Cole, shout out to [Dr.] Luke, we made it happen.”

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In a separate interview with Apple Music, Durk discussed “All My Life” and claimed that the inspiration for the song stemmed from his “moody” feelings and knew J. Cole would be the perfect fit.

“Whatever mood I’m in, I just go to the studio and just make the music,” he said. “I just feel like a positive vibe went up with Dr. Luke, you know what I’m saying? That’s the first song he played and I just felt it and I’m like, ‘Man, I want J. Cole on this.’”

He continued: “And I made it happen. I’ve been talking to him, checking up on him, just seeing how you doing. You wait for the right moment for him to ask to be on the song. The song be big.

“I just wanted to be like, ‘I want J. Cole on the song.’ So when we do the song, the first person popped in my head, I’m like, ‘I got to get J. Cole on this.’”

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The song “All My Life” is from Lil Durk’s most recent album, Almost Healed, which was released on May 26. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album itself was a big hit, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 after selling 125,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.

In comparison to his last album, 7220, which debuted with 120,500 units in March of last year, this figure marked the highest sales week in Durk’s solo career.

However, his commercial peak remains his 2021 joint album with Lil Baby, The Voice of the Heroes, which debuted no.1 on the Billboard 200 with an impressive 150,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.