Don’t let this surprise news distract you from the fact that J. Cole’s last album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, went double platinum with no features. He is honestly what I would like to say as over due for some awards! His music is gutter & poetically dope!
So far we know that the project is 10 tracks.
This would seem to confirm what fans have suspected since Cole’s October performance at New York City’s Meadows Music and Arts Festival, when he announced that the performance would be his last for a while so that he could take a break.
“Before I get out of here, listen,” Cole said at the time. “This is my last show for a very long time.”
After taking some time off from putting out new music, J. Cole is back and clearly has a problem with some popular rappers. While Cole doesn’t mention any names in the songs, it’s easy to see he’s using the hip-hop stars of today for his story.
Rapping over the same beat which Joey Badass used for “Waves,” Cole seems to be taking shots at Drake, rapping about idolizing rappers and then finding out they don’t write their own lyrics. Cole also takes offense to rappers who hear some new style popping up and then rip-off the style. Cole is going in on those who are not keeping their music original.
Wonder who that is?!
When it comes to having a ghostwriter and taking someone else’s style, Drake has been the target of those claims for the past few years. Between having Quentin Miller allegedly ghostwrite his songs, and being accused of using the Jamaican sound for his hits, Drake could very well be the subject of Cole’s verse.
But J. Cole doesn’t stop there. On another song, Cole vents his frustration with many of hip-hop’s newest stars who have “Lil” in their name. “I hate these rappers / especially the amateur eight-week rappers / Lil whatever, just another short bus rapper / Fake drug dealers turned tour bus trapper.”
The rapper also previewed another verse that has many hip-hop fans thinking he’s talking about Kanye West and his recent mental health issues. Like his other verses, this one features no names but includes less dissing and more storytelling. “He’s falling apart, but we deny it… When he tell us he a genius but it’s clearer lately / It’s been hard for him to look into a mirror lately.”
J. Cole is not known for getting involved in rap beefs,however his latest lyrics are sure to bring about a few responses from some of today’s rappers!
You can pre-order the Roc Nation rapper’s fourth proper album on iTunes,