Review: ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’-J. Cole

“Do you wanna, do you wanna be…happy?”, asks a withdrawn J. Cole over the piano-glistened intro of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It seems an immaterial question; at this juncture–one signposted with a self-founded record label, three studio albums, five other trophy mixtapes, and the hosting of in-home, Fayetteville listening sessions for fans, it’s hard to…

“Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe”-Jessie Ware x J. Cole: The Smoldering Remix

A surprise, supplementary collab to her recently released Tough Love EP, Brit-pop singer Jessie Ware’s “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe” remix with J. Cole lets “Power Trip”-Jermaine seep through the stuttering, slinky beat’s intro, with a 16-bar tongue-twist of brazen, street-contrary endearment… “Life is strange, people grow, feelings change, nothing really lasts…/But my god, while we’re here can we just…

Elijah Blake’s ‘Drift’ Discreetly Makes it to iTunes

Without much notice, mellow-natured R&B-er Elijah Blake published his newest studio album today by enabling an open, SoundCloud stream-session. The entire album is also available for purchase in iTunes. A behind-the-scenes sort of artist, Blake hasn’t yet produced the public hype that his big voice–or his writing ability [see Usher’s “Climax]–deserves. Besides a summer 2013…

“Animals” Remix: J. Cole Out-Pops Maroon 5

Even the longtime fans agree: any outside, musical assistance offered to Maroon 5 since their conversion to Top 40-servility & computerized-fluff…should be welcomed and accepted immediately. As honorable as Adam Levine and the gang’s intentions may be, it’s the cramping truth that the once-rockin’ fivesome’s quality slumped somewhere between their 2002 pop-rock exemplar, Songs About…

Cole World: The UConn Story

For many of us hip-hop fans at UConn, a lot of fan-girling went down in Gampel Friday night. J. Cole, the underrated Born Sinner rapper performed a set that left Huskies hungry for more. Covering all the bases with an array of material from past mixtapes “The Warm Up” and “Friday Night Lights,” the NC artist’s…