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on March 15, 2011
For those who aren't familiar with him he is the first artist out of North Carolina signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label. The newest bread of emcees that is also a producer but you can make the argument that there is room for growth in both areas, especially producing beats!
His 3rd official mixtape release (4th if you count "the Blow Up"). If you want an idea of J. Cole's style look no further than the introduction track "Too Deep for the Intro" where he uses a Erykah Badu sample to compliment his storyline tales about relationship abuse and his journey to emceeing. His content is truly a breathe of fresh air as you can sense his level of self-awareness. Many of his lyricals are easy to relate to especially if you grew up in the golden age of rap (early to mid 90's).
Much of his content consist of introspective rhymes on females/relationships, the plight of the young black male, and his journey through to make it in the music industry. His biggest influence or favorite rapper is 2pac so you can definitely hear some of his passion in his delivery along with likes of a yound Nas or Common. Though his style is very much his own you can hear similarities of the aforementioned rappers in his music.
If you are looking for club music or something "catchy," check for another artist. If you appreciate what I call "the rewind factor" (witty metaphors and lines that make you listen to something again to catch the double meaning). Standout tracks include:
Before I'm Gone
If you like this mixtape, I would also recommend his others "the Warm-Up" and "the Blow Up). Similar artist would be Wale (More About Nothing).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
When the label was delaying the release of J Cole's first studio album he improvised and dropped Friday Night Lights to hold fans over and keep his buzz until the album dropped. Well this may as well been a album too. This is a classic mix tape a great addition to any Cole fan's cd collection. Yea you can get it for free download but i'm a old school type I like having physical cd's. So if you want to download go to datpiff.com and do so, if your like me and want the physical copy then this is a great purchase.
on December 17, 2014
I just named this the best mixtape by a major label artist of all time.
Creativity: 7/10. Originality: 6/10. Lyrics: 9.5/10. Beats: 8/10. Overall:8.5/10.
If you ask a J. Cole fan what their favorite album by the rapper is, many will answer "Friday Night Lights," despite the fact that the project was officially released as a mixtape. On this tape, Cole is so raw and emotive that his music is simply irresistible. Without the pressures of a major label that have largely made his albums feel watered down (until 2014 Forest Hills Drive anyway) Cole gets to be himself, and the result is some of the realest, most impressive lyricism of the decade. There isn't anything particularily unique about this project, but Cole is able to come off as creative anyhow due to pure artistic talent.
Stand-out Tracks: "Before I'm Gone," Home for the Holidays," "Back to the Topic (freestyle)"
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on December 15, 2013
This mixtape is banging from start to finish. He really shows his diversity because he jumps from introspective to party tracks to egotistical tracks. The guest appearances like Wale and Omen have great verses that will keep you rewinding the songs. I also have to mention that the production on here is very interesting because it gives you that nostalgic feeling that makes you believe you were a childhood friend of J. Cole playing on the basketball court. The hooks are very catchy on songs like "higher", "you got it", "see world", "2 face" and many more. I honestly believe that this should have been his debut album. Sideline story was a solid project but it doesn't compare to this. Thanks J. Cole for representing Favetteville where I went to school at. He even came to perform at Fayetteville State University and I was quite impressed.