J. Cole is one of the most polarizing figures in rap music today. After the enormous success of 2014 Forrest Hills Drive, Jermaine went ghost,staying out of the public eye with many speculating that Cole was retiring.One morning I received a text from a close friend of mine telling me that Cole had a album dropping next week. I was ecstatic as 2014 Forrest Hills Drive is one of my favorite albums ever. Did this album live up to expectations or was it just audio Ny-Quil?
The beginning track reeled me in and I was very pleased with what I got. Smooth production and Cole was actually interesting the production was smooth and I was actually interested in what he was saying. Immortal continues the streak of tracks I actually found pleasant. I didn’t find myself bored or thinking about how much longer I had left in the album. But when Deja Vu came on I loved the production and beat, but Cole doesn’t suite the track well. I did enjoy the hook, but other than that I wasn’t impressed. From here on out until Immortal I heard a slew of tracks that bored me to tears. Things picked up at the song Neighbors, the beat was infectious and I found my self singing the hook. The way Jermaine was rapping was phenomenal I enjoyed the variety and lyrics. After Neighbors I wasn’t impressed until the last track 4 Your Eyez Only.
I was let down by this album. It was boring and it just didn’t keep my interest. The dullness of this record had me struggling to pay attention. At times I had to force myself not to fall asleep and pay attention. I understand why people would like this album but I did not move me. While the message is great and powerful that doesn’t make up for the bland execution of this record.
Favorite Tracks: Immortal, Neighbors
What did you think of this album did you love it ? Did you hate it? Let me know what you all think. Stay warm out there and Happy Holidays! Be safe out there!