The comments were made while he was a guest on 97.9 The box, where the rap legend gave Cole his flowers while shouting out Kendrick LamarRhapsody and Lady London in the process.
“J. Cole is my hero,” he said when asked which new generation of rappers inspires him. “That’s my guy right there. J. Cole is my hero. I love Kendrick too. Rhapsody, Lady London. Lady London is a monster. She is incredible.”
“I was hoping and praying so much to see another Migos album because their style reminded me of The Funky 4 + 1 with their in-and-out and I’m a fan of their music and their fashion,” he added. “Because it’s something that’s important to me. Those guys have to fly.”
This is far from the first time Big Daddy Kane has shown support for J. Cole. The Dreamville rapper is one of several big names Kane recruited for his upcoming Netflix documentary Section and Manifestowhich focuses on the art of emceeing and also features interviews with Eminem, JAY-Z, Snoop Dogg, ordinary, KRS-One and more.
Following his meeting with Cole for the film, Kane took to Instagram and called him his “favorite” current MC.
“Great interview today with @realcoleworld. My favorite MC of this era,” he wrote. “My son loves this bro too. We’re almost done! One more to go! #paragraphsimanifest #stuyvision @flavoru.”
The Juice Crew legend also posted a video talking to J. Cole about how important he is to hip-hop.
“A lot of people out there right now are coming to people like myself and a lot of others, giving us our flowers and stuff while we’re still here,” Kane says in the clip. “But listen, I want to give this young brother right here his flowers like on the right one.”
Cole looked down and replied, “Damn,” before Kane continued, “I want this brother right here to know that he’s my favorite MC out here right now. This brother right here makes me feel like hip hop is still alive and here to stay when I listen to this bro spit and listen to his music. Love you fam.”
Kane’s comments about Migos, meanwhile, came shortly after one 33-year-old man named Patrick Clark was arrested and charged with TakeOff’s murder on November 1.
Clark, known locally in Houston as DJ Pat, has maintained his innocence and was released on a $1 million bond earlier in January.