J.Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

J.Cole’s highly anticipated third album, ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’, is expected to be released on Tuesday December 9th. If his intro is any indication, this album will feature J.Cole singing more but will bring that same level of introspection that has set him apart from many of his young rap counterparts.

J.Cole has come out swinging with this album. On the track “Fire Squad” he calls out the whitewashing of hip hop, in the year that Macklemore won the Grammy and Forbes called Iggy Azalea the Queen of Hip Hop, and holds no punches in his lyrical assault:

“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes / Same reason these rappers always bite each other’s flows

Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with Rock-n-Roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore

While silly niggas wonder who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around, my nigga, white people have snatched the sound

This year I’ll probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile

I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit / The same rope you climb up on, they hang you with.”

Featured on the album are two other rappers that he has been often been compared to, Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Kendrick makes appearances on tracks “03’ Adolescence,” “Wet Dreamz,” and “G.O.M.D.” This trifecta of young men stand apart for not only upping the ante in terms of lyricism, they are all fearless with showing their vulnerability in their music. And it has been that exact ingredient that has us hooked. J.Cole isn’t afraid to touch on controversial topics while still playing the bravado card that is rap’s signature sound.

Overall, I’m looking forward to getting J’s album in a few hours.

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