Aaron Cole was recently on an episode of Pen Game 101 where he opened up on some of the topics covered on 2 Up 2 Down. One of the major struggling points Cole dealt with was pride. In fact, it prevented him from being involved with other artists.
“Early on, before 2019, I was straight competition. I really didn’t have a lot of friends…I was trying to destroy you.”
Aaron said coming into music he was excited. He was stoked to work with all the people he admired and then realized, “I don’t mean nothing in here.”
“How I’ve been treated from some of the people that are over here, I’m like ‘Nah’,” he explained. “Honestly, if you pay attention, I rarely get love from O.G.’s in this game. I’m not complaining. Toby and Derek, that’s about it. Everyone else is kind of like my colleague.”
He continued, “And there’s a reason for that, I ain’t with the foolery. I’m not compromising, I’m in my own lane. You don’t ever see me just being with someone because it’s cool. I’m really in my own lane and I’m happy about that. I don’t have to be seen with anyone’s favorite rapper to know my worth to God. That’s the place I’m trying to stay. Still giving people God, still giving people my life, all of that, and giving people hope.”
By the time Not by Chance came out in 2019, he started growing and maturing. Parris Chariz was key in that, and that relationship continues strong now. You can hear the chemistry every time they work together.
“Taking notes from the O.G.’s…Derek [Minor] was telling me, you have to come together,” said Cole. “The best thing I’ve done is collaborate on music, before it was all me and a producer.”