Well, well, well. Look who decided to stroll on back to our ears and iPods after what seemed like an eternity. No, not Drake (although until recently, he’s been slacking in the new material category), but Roc Nation’s, J. Cole! Finally, seriously, FINALLY.
Just some background info, after his successful debut album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story”, his sophomore project, “Born Sinner” was intended to be released on his birthday, January 28th, of this year. Maybe it’s a jinx, but every time artist’s set a release date, it actually never comes out on that date…and at this point, we’re still not even sure when it will come out.
Do not fret! On Tuesday, Cole released “Yours Truly”, an extended play list of five tracks that ended up not being added to “Sinner”. Along with a link to (legally) download, he gave his fans a short and sweet letter,
I appreciate you giving me the time I needed to grow, experiment, and find the direction for my 2nd album.. And I have.
Along the way I’ve recorded at least 4 albums worth of material, lots of it being unfinished demo versions waiting to be polished up, some of them are great songs and important stories that just won’t make the album (either they don’t fit Sonically, don’t fit Theme, or there’s just not enough space) .
Tonight, I want to give you a few of these songs because you deserve them. It’s hard as fuck for me to keep all this music from you for so long, so I know it’s been hard for you to wait. Thank you for your patience. Vibe out to these songs in their raw form, no polish.. just a lot of my soul..
The wait is over.
Wait, more good news: he promised to release a new single later this week. YES!!
Can you tell I’m excited? I’m real excited. Why? Because J. Cole is that last sliver of hope for rap music. Along with artists like Kendrick Lamar, and say, Kid Cudi, he continues to produce content that aligns with day to day struggles, and the all too common goal of “making it”. While there are hints of a flashy lifestyle (it is hip hop, after all), it isn’t to the point of glorifying it. Rappers tend to detach themselves from the “typical” lifestyle as soon as they cross over to megastar. It’s no longer a matter of truth in their lyrics, as it is an acknowledgment of the money in their pocket (if you’re getting a Kanye vibe, good, that’s what I was going for).
What’s wrong with a lil’ money, honey? Nothing. And I’ll be the first one to fist pump (if that’s even acceptable to do) to 2 Chainz. But it’s refreshing to know there are artists that genuinely want to tell a story with their lyrics.
Are you as excited for “Born Sinner” to drop as I am?
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