Lil Durk Reveals Why It Took 2 Years To Get J. Cole on ‘All My Life’

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Lil Durk has revealed why it took him and J. Cole two years to record their latest hit, “All My Life.”

During sit-down interview on The Nadeska Show on Saturday (June 17), Durk began by speaking about the effort Cole put into the catchy rap single which many have praised since its release in May.

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“He went super crazy,” Lil Durk said. “It’s so crazy because we’d been talking for like, two years, and he’d always be like, ‘Send me a record.’ And I’m like, ‘I gotta find the right record.’ I’m glad I waited two years. In my eyes he a legend. If you have a chance to do a song with a legend, it be like, will you send them something just to send it, just to say you got one, or you gone make it stick. So that’s why I never just sent him a record. Cause I’m like, ‘I want something that’s gon’ stick.’ ”

He added: “As soon as I did the record, he was the first person to pop in my head. Like, I got it. I believe in timing. Timing is everything.”

J. Cole manager recently 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.”

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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.”

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.’”