Til’ Infinity- J. Cole
He’s definitely hitting the big time now, but if you haven’t heard of him yet, download J. Cole’s free mixtape “The Warm Up” right now. (Samora I owe you one for getting me on this guy).
If you’ve ever listened to Jay-Z for his confident rhymes, Drake for his witty lyrics, or anything that sounds amazing without autotune, you owe it to yourself to get on J. Cole.
After I first listened to J. Cole, I thought meh. I randomly gave it a few more tries, and now I can’t stop listening to his mixtape. J. Cole’s flow has grittiness to it. He doesn’t have that melodically smooth flow some artists do, but instead his bars punch and jab in a similar fashion to Jay-Z. I like this flow better. Jay has to be one of my favorite artists, and J. Cole somehow throws a delivery like the legend.
J. Cole’s content is real and not superficially gangster or materialistic and self-centered. He meets a medium between the overly hard rapper with no real self confidence and autotune that sounds like a crying girl. His delivery is confident, but not ridiculously cocky. His essence is genuine and real.
What I find phenomenal with J. Cole is how he can transition from a soft, relaxing melody in “Losing My Balance” to a hard-hitting track like “Til’ Infinity” without sacrificing his authenticity. His wordplay is elite and very diverse. Some of the puns he throws in make you think twice sometimes (beginning of “Ladies”, leav’em M’ alone like Stockton).
I wouldn’t post about J. Cole’s Warm Up if I didn’t consider it one of my favorite albums I’ve ever listened to. J. Cole’s got talent. And he hasn’t even released a real album yet.
Let me call it right now. J. Cole’s 2010 album is going to blow up.