may be one hip-hop's most controversial figures but there's no denying the Florida artist is a skilled rapper, and agrees.
During an impromptu interview with the No Jumper podcast, the topic XXXTentacion came up, and Cole said he learned the 17 rapper after a in San Diego went viral last year.
According to the 4 Your Eyez Only MC, after being removed from hip-hop news for a few months, he was made aware the XXX video, which led him to check out the rapper's work.
"Last year, and the kid got punched on stage, it was clearly big enough to make into my realm," said Cole. "So that leads me to hearing some his shit—damn, this nigga's actually talented."
In related J. Cole news, the lyricist was recently announced as . The event, which kicks f on July 6 in London, will include Cole, DJ Khaled and Stormzy as headliners. Other appearances will include Migos, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean and more.
As for XXX, the 20-year-old recently . On Jan. 20, XXXTentacion made a post on his Instagram story that featured the captions, "xxxtentacion x joey badass" and "Collaboration Tape." Joey responded to the post by replying, "LETSGOOOOO @xxxtentacion."
Check out J. Cole discussing XXXTentacion below.