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J. Cole Can’t Commit to Bragging About His Grammy Nom

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25:  J Cole stops by Fuse's "Hoppus On Music" for a performance and interview with Mark Hoppus on October 25, 2011 at fuse studios in New York City. This episode airs Friday, October 28th at 11pm ET.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Best New Artist Grammy nominee J. Cole (yes, major award recognition officially graduates Cole past the "Jay-Z protégé" tag) chatted with the L.A. Times about the nod, and it looks like he can't decide if he wants to do the bragging rapper thing or just be a humble dude.

"I’m not walking in there with the attitude that I’m the guy [to beat]. But if I won, I’d know why. And if I didn’t win, I’d understand," Cole waffles. Hmm. He'll need to amp up the braggadocio if he wants to compete with 2011 dominators like Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj, and Skrillex.

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/2011 Getty Images