If your less of a Soulja Boy or whatever else trash hip hop has to offer these days, and your more interested in substance in hip hop music, J.Cole is definitely worth the listen. If you understand the fact that lil Wayne is overrated and his music is basic, then you probably understand and appreciate the art and substance in hip hop music. Jay-Z's Roc Nation member, J.Cole makes his debut album.
J.Cole stays true to his craft. No rudimentary random bars over a hot beat, random punchlines with no meaning, etc... J.Cole stays true to his lane, in his art of story telling. As far as 1st albums go, its not a classic but its definitely worth the listen. Songs like "Lights Please" speaks of his struggle to open the eyes of people (females) but their interest lies in more intimate matters. "Lose Ones" speaks of a story between a couple and the subject of abortion in general. You have songs like "Dollar and a Dream III" that is upbeat but still he does not lack in his verses. But of course you have your radio hits like "Can't get Enough" feat. Trey Songz and "Work Out". Jay-Z makes an appearance in the album as well as Trey Songz, Drake, and Missy Elliot. Before I forget, J.Cole also produced most of his tracks.
The negative as far as the album goes is that some songs are reused that has previously been in his mixtapes. In my opinion "Lights Please" was worth reusing but I could have done without listening to "In the Morning" again. Also I feel like J.Cole could have had a better debut album. Don't get me wrong it has been in constant rotation and play for me but I know he is capable of even better material. I am definitely excited to see how his career goes and excited for the release of his sophomore album.
- Original Release Date: September 27, 2011
- Release Date: October 13, 2018
- Label: Roc Nation / Interscope P&D
- Copyright: ℗© 2011 Roc Nation, LLC.
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- Total Length: 57:40
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- ASIN: B07JDJH6HB
- Customer Reviews: 221 customer ratings
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