13 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

2014 Forest Hills Drive presents unflinchingly deep examinations of J. Cole’s coming-of-age years (“03’ Adolescence,” “No Role Modelz”). The production gets lush and soulful (“G. O. M. D.”) as he looks at his beginnings and where his life has led him, and his delivery is as subtle and sophisticated as the beats surrounding it.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

2014 Forest Hills Drive presents unflinchingly deep examinations of J. Cole’s coming-of-age years (“03’ Adolescence,” “No Role Modelz”). The production gets lush and soulful (“G. O. M. D.”) as he looks at his beginnings and where his life has led him, and his delivery is as subtle and sophisticated as the beats surrounding it.

*WEA.MusicPages.Riaa.Explicit* Mastered for iTunes
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4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings

so ready

Danny_77

i havent heard this yet, but i know its gon be fire.

Cant Wait

Bello tee

If the last album is anything to go to this will be legendary !

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shettima ali

this just might be our generation's illmatic

About J. Cole

Raised on 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, and JAY-Z, J. Cole emerged in the 2010s as a kind of torchbearer for serious hip-hop. He takes on capital-T topics with an earnestness—and moral imperative—that most rappers seem to avoid. A North Carolina native (born in Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1985), Cole moved to New York City on scholarship to St. John’s University, graduating magna cum laude while making beats on the side, at one point waiting outside JAY-Z’s studio for three hours to give him a CD. Jay dismissed him initially, but circled back a year or so later on the strength of Cole’s mixtapes, making him the first signee to the Roc Nation label. Cole’s since gone on to release a string of ambitious, increasingly confident albums, often meditating on single subjects at length: 2018’s KOD, for example, offered a sustained look at addiction, while several songs on 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only were written from the perspective of a friend killed in his early twenties after leaving the drug game—a composite of people Cole knew from childhood. Despite the gravity of his subjects (and his sobering delivery), Cole—like his occasional collaborator Kendrick Lamar—is the rare artist who's managed to reconcile the conscious with the commercial, balancing his conceptual side with giant singles like “Work Out,” “Deja Vu,” and “ATM.”

HOMETOWN
Frankfurt, Germany
BORN
28 January 1985

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