This question often arose in the young adults early stage of fame. It was after his first song to truly blow him up “who dat” that aired on BET. It was after this event took, place that everyone turned there attention to J-Cole. Not long after he took the spotlight people started to say he was a conscious rapper. Conscious rap is a subgenre of hip-hop in which artist raise awareness as well as imparting knowledge. He did not like that people were trying to call him this. As for one conscious rappers were looked down upon, but what bothered him the most was that he felt he was not a conscious rapper. He saw his rapping as what he thinks about, things that bother him about society today or just people in general including famous people, he was just sharing his thoughts and from there people can take what they want from it.
So back to the main question is J-cole a conscious rapper? Most of that is based on what qualifies a person for such a category in your opinion, but at the end of the day music is art and just like a museum you go there to observe art and take what you see from it. In the case of music done by a artist, it is normally them expressing how they feel or what they’re going through at that time, and that itself should not qualify a person’s music for such a category. Instead one should appreciate the art and see if they’re is something that they can take from it.