Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Freshman

J.Cole, one of the Jay-Z's most recent protégé's and the first act signed to his Roc Nation label, has set plans to release his album Cole World: The Sideline Story in late September, leaving Hova fans everywhere with bated breath, impatient ears and an idle credit card. The honours graduate from St. John's University, who has already guest-starred on a number of popular tracks including those with Drake and Hova himself, is expected to blow open the young hip-hop scene with his fresh take, producing mindset, and cool beats.

On "Cheer Up", J.Cole rhymes what might be one of the catchier (and truest) lines of 2011's new hip-hop tracks, telling a lil' mama, "You're looking for a man like you need somebody, get your ass off Twitter - you could be somebody." Chock-full of hard knock life lessons, triumphant strings and a pretty piano loop - J.Cole mimicks lines from Tupac while managing to establish himself as a kid who's got a lot to say, a memorable holler, and no real intention of remaining in his own sideline story. Good ear, Jay.

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