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Since I’m going to see this incredible artist (for the third time) on his 4 Your Eyez Only tour on Friday, I thought I’d share my top 5 J. Cole songs that I absolutely love. This was hard because I love so many songs, but these songs are in my ear right now. I’ve been a supporter of J. Cole since 2010, when a friend in high school introduced me to Cole’s second mix-tape, The Warm Up. Ever since then, I’ve been following his music, and I love witnessing the evolution of his creativity and wisdom.
5. Can’t Get Enough ft. Trey Songz – Cole World: The Sideline Story
You know I had to start off with a fun one. Just like Cole himself, I didn’t like the so-called “radio hits” that was forced into this album, but this particular one just makes you want to travel to the island and dance like nobody’s watching.
4. See World – Friday Night Lights
Cole has always been vocal about issues in the community, and devastating murders. This song was dedicated to 5-year old Shaniya Davis, who was raped and murdered in 2009 in Fayetteville, NC. Listen to his frustrations and thoughts he had in his head in this eye-opener.
3. Apparently – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Not only is the message of this song mesmerizing, the production is remarkable. Sometimes I forget that Cole produces most of his music. Definitely invest in some good quality headphones, this entire album takes you on a crazy ride.
2. Rich N***az – Born Sinner
This is a perspective from a man who sees the successful wealthy men, rappers throwing money in their videos, and looks at himself wondering what they must have done to acquire this fame and fortune. “How much for your soul?”
1. Neighbors – 4 Your Eyez Only
When I heard the story behind this song, I was incredibly shocked. The video of all the police officers lined up at his house even angers me a bit just because of some neighbors. This song also spotlights Cole’s lyrical ability and rhythm throughout every verse. This is by far my favorite album; you can tell Cole is in a different place in his life since The Come Up days ten years ago, and I can’t wait to see what’s to come on Friday.