June 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
J. Cole may have been considered an underdog in the past, but the rapper grew some balls after the 2011 release of his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. He is stepping into the mainstream forefront, all while staying true to himself – a duality that is captured in his sophomore effort Born Sinner. A divide between heaven and hell, or indie mixtape status versus corporate label support, Cole has a serious story to tell on this album.
The opening track, “Villuminati” is super confident and is very braggadocio – Cole is not playing games anymore. He has doubted himself before, but after a few successful hits he has all the more reason to “brag like HOV.” Hell, he pushed his release date to compete with Kanye West, whose album also dropped today.
Born Sinner has a great balance of dark and light sounds, which is displayed in the record’s first single “Power Trip” – a beautiful, albeit slightly depressing midtempo. The song, which is another amazing collaboration with R&B crooner Miguel, shows how masterful Cole’s production skills are becoming. Like his counterpart Kanye West, Cole has an ear for intricate and soulful melodies and knows how to dirty them up a bit.
The most unexpected track on the record comes courtesy of “She Knows”, which features The Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman and samples Cults. Once again, the production is stellar. The heavy piano paired with the floaty vocals from Coffman are completely transcendent – not to mention Cole’s surprisingly sultry musings throughout the track. More…
November 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
J. Cole plans to return to the rap game next year after his successful debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story. The rapper released a new single, “Miss America”, that will be on his sophomore effort Born Sinner.
The conscious vibe is refreshing and a much-needed break from the “big booty hoes” talk currently circulating in rap music.
Look out for Born Sinner, dropping on January 28.
Photo Courtesy of: That Grape Juice
April 12, 2012 § 1 Comment
Fresh off last month’s single “Nobody’s Perfect”, J. Cole is back this month with a brand new video for “Sideline Story” off his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story.
The video for the title track is a collection of cool footage from J. Cole’s various tours to create a chilled-out video that perfectly accompanies the song.
March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
Last night, J. Cole released the official video for his newest single “Nobody’s Perfect” off his much-loved album Cole World: The Sideline Story.
The video, featuring Missy Elliott (yay!), is very innovative and unexpected.
December 30, 2011 § 1 Comment
As 2011 comes to a close with only two days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!
Check out my favorite picks below:
Pop Song of the Year: “S&M” by Rihanna
R&B Song of the Year: “Swim Good” by Frank Ocean
Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “Lost Ones” by J. Cole
Rock Song of the Year: “Switchblade Smiles” by Kasabian
Indie Pop Song of the Year: “Youth Knows No Pain” by Lykke Li
Electro/Techno Song of the Year: “No Beef” by Afrojack feat. Steve Aoki
Dancehall Song of the Year: “Ravin” by Popcaan
Reggae Song of the Year: “Paper Loving” by Chris Martin
Club Anthem of the Year: “Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay” by Big Sean feat. Kanye West
December 1, 2011 § Leave a comment
Whenever award show nominations come around, I am usually shocked, pleased or annoyed. With the 54th Annual Grammy Awards nominations presented last night, those feelings rushed right back. I made a post similar to this back in August when the 2011 VMAs snubbed Rihanna, and I never thought I was going to do one again. But, here I am today.
Most of the category nominees were predictable, but some of them actually surprised me (both on good and bad terms).
Kanye West leads the pack with seven nominations, with Adele holding her own with 21 nominated for Record of the Year and her smash single “Rolling in the Deep” nominated for both Record and Song of the Year. Foo Fighters round out the top three with six nominations.
2010-2011 was a great period for all three artists/bands, so I am happy to see their work being recognized. Adele especially, she totally owned this year with her incredible sophomore album.
The category that surprised me the most was Best New Artist. Dubstep producer Skrillex, newcomer to the rap game J. Cole and much-loved Bon Iver were all nominated. I excitedly have my eyes set on who wins this one!
One of my qualms with this year’s nominations is the Best Rap Album category. Everyone knows that Tha Carter IV was a horrible album despite its ridiculous amount of sales, and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday is just not Grammy-worthy.