‘Cole World: The Sideline Story’ – J. Cole

Since the first time I listened to it, J. Cole’s ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story’, is all I’ve listened to. The day after it came out, I got it, and I initially enjoyed it, and decided I need to put it on my iPod, which has very little space on it, I take iPod space very seriously. But J. Cole had to be on it. He turns down the synth and brings back the samples full force and with genius. Every guitar strum, every beat accent, every chorus is on time and provides intricate backdrops for his intelligent flows. While not as complex in his lyrics as his Compton counterpart and occasional partner, Kendrick Lamar, he brings a wealth of hooks and pop appeal to his work. J. Cole is the full deal, he has it all, the irresistible hooks, the intelligent lines, the sampling over synth production (besides the absolute banger, Mr. Nice Watch). This guy is a true artist on his first major label release, he will make waves in the industry.Stream samples of the whole album at his website.

‘Can’t Get Enough’ ft. Trey Songz

‘Mr. Nice Watch’ ft. Jay-z

‘Lights Please’

‘Nobodys Perfect’ ft. Missy Elliot

Can’t Get Enough

Check out J. Cole’s new track, dropped a few days ago, featuring Trey Songz.

‘Can’t Get Enough’ ft. Trey Songz – J. Cole

My man J. Cole goes hard all day.

Lost Ones – J. Cole

A deep new J. Cole track. Awesome tune.

Throw Your Hands Up For HiiiPoWeR

A friend told me he heard ‘HiiiPoWeR’ by Kendrick Lamar on satellite radio the other day. Still waiting for Kendrick to blow up. Most talented young rapper making his way up through the industry right now. The J. Cole produced ‘HiiiPoWeR’ is yet one more solid example of why Kendrick Lamar is making waves in the industry all over the place.

HiiiPoWeR – Kendrick Lamar

Plus J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar playing a yet to be released song at a signing event.

I can not wait for Kendrick and J. Cole’s album. That and ‘Detox’, which features Kendrick, are set to fire Kendrick high into the rap stratosphere.