J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive
May 15, 2020 (updated Jun 30, 2020)
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J Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" includes major doses of J Cole mastering what he masters, most notably his flows, but, at times, the lyrics and overall messaging of the tracks can be really lacklustre and corny. This album also has a problem with consistency. "No Role Modelz" is miles ahead of all the tracks (some of the bars can be a little meh sometimes); the other tracks don't really break any new grounds. J Cole can come across as a little pretentious at times, especially on the weaker tracks. Throughout its whole time, Cole backs this album as his greatest yet, which, despite my earlier statement, is a sense of confidence that is pulled off decently at times. The production is pretty solid on this album all round; the beats are pretty nice throughout the whole album. The worst they get is average. They pretty much always help make the tracks better, especially when Cole's writing is at its worst. J Cole shoots for the stars with this album, thinking that it'll reach them. However, he never really does anything to compliment that thought, which makes this album fall a little short overall.

Best Tracks: Wet Dreamz, Fire Squad, No Role Modelz
Worst Tracks: Intro, '03 Adolescence, G.O.M.D.

Rating: C
1 Comment
May 15, 2021
Trash man classic album 2010 dope good message
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