Album Review: J.Cole “2014 Forest Hills Drive” by Blade Brown
Artist: J. Cole
Album: “2014 Forest Hills Drive“
Review: 2014 has been a very disappointing year for Hip-Hop fans. Although there were some solid releases this year, its been relatively weak for the genre of music. With a surprise announcement of an album to be released, J. Cole set out to make the first “moment” in Hip-Hop this year by dropping an album with almost no promotion for the release. With probably the last big album of the year to drop,(some may argue that it’s Nicki Minaj’s “The Pinkprint“) Cole sets out to let his music speak for itself. So how does he fare? Good. Actually, damn good.
After a smooth intro, things get started with “January 28”. A soulful track in which he proclaims himself the best out, and even “The God”. A bold statement for a rapper only on his third album. Then again, T.I. called himself King Of The South on his very first album. He has proven his claim to be true, can Cole do the same thing? Next up is “Wet Dreamz”, a song almost every man can relate to. On it, he talks about how his virginity to his high school crush. “03 Adolescence” is one of the album’s best cuts. With its flawless production and Cole’s perfect flow, this is definitely a song you’ll hear coming from car stereos.
The controversial “Fire Squad” is a banger. While it made headlines for a few particular lines, the song is filled with raw energy and aggressive bars. “A Tale Of 2 Citiez” is a song I can picture him performing live. Its bound to have the crowd rocking and singing along. My personal favorite track is “No Role Modelz”. Cole delivers with each verse and has a chorus that is so addictive, I had the mother of my kids singing it. And she doesn’t even like rap!! Also, the sample of a George W. Bush quote is just brilliant. “Love Yourz” is just an amazing record with a great message. In the song, he raps “Always goin be a whip better than the one you got/always goin be some clothes that’s fresher than the ones you roc. Always goin be a bitch that’s badder out there on the tours/but you ain’t never goin be happy til you love yours”. Classic stuff.
All in all, J. Cole is 3 for 3. In a era where rap music that is more commercialized than ever, he continues to stay true to himself and make heart felt music. At this point, I’m going far enough to even call him the people’s champion. Cole believes he’s the hottest out. And with his track record so far, he has a right to feel that way.
Top 5 Songs:
No Role Modelz
A Tale Of 2 Citiez
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