With just a Dollar And A Dream, J. Cole yet again takes the Billboard Chart at #1 with his latest album 4 Your Eyez Only which dropped Friday December 9th at midnight. With his creative and authentic flow, J. Cole has continued to bless the ears of so many people who look up to his lyrical wonders. Cole’s passion for his friends and family from Fayetteville, NC are accentuated through the live instruments and his genius storytelling through the lens of his friend that died from having a life at home but also in the streets. Just to describe a few songs, on “Immortal” Cole is aware of his role in the streets as being someone who mans the corner. On “Deja Vu” he meets a girl who later becomes the love of his life and on “Neighbors” he highlights how being Black in a predominantly White neighborhood in North Carolina caused his neighbors to be suspicious about his every move.
In this era of Hip Hop, J. Cole is known to be one of the finest MCs to ever grace the mic. He never fails to pay respects to his hometown of Fayetteville, NC and his mother who raised him to become the well-spoken gentleman that he is. Many may notice that Cole is rarely in the media unless it has to do with his music and successes; this is something that he takes value in because in Hip Hop culture, ‘starting beef’ is the typical norm that soon becomes the next major headline in Black media. Instead J. Cole embodies the true meaning of being a man who takes pride in his God given talent, shares his artwork through music, and demonstrates the importance of staying true to oneself. His vital contribution to rap music will forever stand out as being one of the most beneficial aspects to Hip Hop culture ever.
By Keara George