J. Cole sat down on the second edition of CRWN at Highline Ballroom in NYC last night. It was a packed house, I managed to grab a seat posted right next to the stage right before the proceedings proceeded.

YN was the host and emcee who grilled the Roc Nation rapper who is just weeks away from the release of his sophomore album “Born Sinner”. During the discussion, J. Cole shared the story of his first encounter with TDE’s very own Kendrick Lamar.

The tale being told dates way back before K. Dot was ranked MTV’s “Hottest MC In The Game” with a damn near platinum debut album to show for it. Watch as Jermaine explains being impressed with the good kid, m.A.A.d city rapper after seeing him rock a show with U-N-I and sought to sign him to his Dreamville imprint. Sorry the video cuts out before he gets to that particular part of the story but shouts to Highbrow for the footage.