The Migos member, who released "Father of 4" on 22 February, reveals the initial version of stand-out track "How Did I Get Here" wouldn't have featured Cole had Offset not held back the project from the Apple Music submission time frame, just hours before its launch.
"To be honest, I had missed, like, an hour-and-a-half window with Apple because I couldn' turn it (completed album) in," he confessed to Billboard. "So everything pivoted off it (Cole's verse), but it played its role."
"When it's beautiful music, you know it's going to talk by itself. But yeah, I turned that in (How Did I Get Here) the day you actually heard it."
Offset, real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus, was relieved to have secured Cole's guest appearance because he thought it was a solid contribution, but the "Nobody's Perfect" star wasn't too impressed with his own work.
"He did his thing on the verse, for sure. He didn't even really like it, though," Cardi B's husband said. "He was telling me, like, 'Man, I'm not really feeling this verse'. I was like, 'Man, you're crazy.' "
Despite second-guessing his own efforts, Cole made sure to help Offset promote the release on social media, referencing his last-minute inclusion.
Offset album out right now. “Father of 4”. I snuck one in at the buzzer. Congrats bro. 💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿 @OffsetYRN— J. Cole (@JColeNC) February 22, 2019
"Offset album out right now," he tweeted upon its launch. " 'Father of 4'. I snuck one in at the buzzer. Congrats bro (sic)."