J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)


No such thing as a life that’s better than yours

I love music, all types! Country (Zac Brown Band), Pop (Taylor Swift), Rock (Muse), RnB (Chrisette Michele), Gospel (Tye Tribbett), and Hip Hop! Now when I mention hip hop don’t get it confused with your “radio play 12 times a day force you to like it because it has a good beat, no one knows what they’re saying, idiotic” hip hop I mean real stuff. At least what I’d consider real. I don’t listen to the radio much at all, but as a music head I tend to keep my ear to the ground in case one of my favorites drops an album. Lo and behold, a man I used to really root for has come back into the light.


I have been a fan since the beginning, people say he raps too slow or his albums put you to sleep (lol). There is an art to rap, an art to being a lyricist…you have to be a good storyteller. Some people get famous off of repeating the same things over and over again, but real hip hop heads know that that isn’t real. Sometimes you need some calm in your life above all the yelling on the tracks, a chance to actually listen and imagine the story that rappers write. J. Cole is awesome at storytelling, much like the greats Outkast, Jay Z, Nas, Scarface, the list goes on. Of course there are a couple of tracks that I DO NOT feel, but overall I’m proud. Happy I never completely shut the door on the guy. Take some time out this week to give it a listen.

Below is the presentation of the album “Forest Hills Drive”

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