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Cole Does it Again with a thought-provoking Banger
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018
Ok, I see why some have described this project as "experimental" . The sound is not necessarily what we're used to from J.Cole. That's not a negative critique, just an observation. He shows his lyrical versatility yet again, if you are a fan, then you know he can switch his flow up effortlessly, the flow on several tracks on this project highlight Cole's ability to incorporate his sound with something that the younger generation can relate to. I've always appreciated the homage he pays to jazz, musicianship, and comedy, this album offers more of the same.
Once I've had a chance to listen a couple of times, I'll update my review as to my impression of any symbolism/meaning (s) of the album.
UPDATE: I love this album. This highlights the progression of Cole as a man in that he acknowledges that he had the same thoughts/preoccupations as some of these newer rappers when he was younger, but now, as a grown man, his thoughts/actions have elevated. There are many messages in this project relating to addiction, but think lucid, addiction doesn't have to refer to a substance. As stated in my title this is thought provoking, but don't mistake it, dope beats, dope, versatile flows make this a must for regular rotation. And in case you're wondering, yes, I'm a little biased because of my respect for him as an artist/lyricist. But don't take my word for it, if you haven't already, cop that.