As I have done in the case of similar pieces on Wiz Khalifa, Fashawn, and Freddie Gibbs at some point or another I intend on shamelessly jacking some of the work the good people did at the smokingsection (found below) and add my own thoughts on J. Cole. However, for now you’re just getting the mixtaps as I get ready for the show tonight at The Electric Factory.
You May Have Seen Him…: Wooing a Fayetteville, NC college crowd with his metaphors while dreams of the limelight twinkle in his eyes.
Reminds You Of: Lupe Fiasco meets your little brother.
Strengths: Hasn’t met a beat he can’t flow to yet.
Weakness: Lyrics can be a bit juvenile at times.
Best-Case Scenario: If co-signs sold, Jermaine Cole would be platinum out the gate. An opportunist moment landed him in the scope of an one Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and eventually on last year’s big-seller, The Blueprint 3. Already displaying understanding of a respectable musical background, wouldn’t it be something if Hova actually got to put his feet up while the Carolina Panther ran the Roc (Nation)?
Recommended Listening: The Warm Up (Mixtape) | Friday Night Lights (Mixtape) | Any Given Sunday v. 1 (FreEP) | In The Morning (Video) | Reflection Eternal – Just Begun (Featuring Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def) | Lights Please | Grown Simba | Wale - Beautiful Bliss (Feat. J. Cole & Melanie Fiona) | The Warm Up (Trailer) | Simba (Video) | Who Dat (Video) | Cole World: The Sideline Story | Intro (Warm Up)
Download: The Warm Up (Mixtape)
Download: The Come Up (Mixtape)
Download: Friday Night Lights (Mixtape)
3. Good Game
4. Back To the Topic Freestyle
5. In the Morning
6. I Got It
7. I Really Mean It Freestyle
8. Show Me Something
9. Need U Bad (Remix)
10. Shook Ones Freestyle
11. Song For The Ville
12. Rather Be With You (Bonus)
13. Just Begun (Bonus)
14. Beautiful Bliss (Bonus)
Download: A Nigga From The Ville (Mixtape)
1. Like A Star: “Was saving this for the 2nd album. Due to some other shit beyond my control, I’ma let this out now.”
2. Knock On Wood: “One of my fav. freestyles. OG Dreamvillains gotta be reminded, new fans gotta get put on.”
3. Pity: “Brand new J. Cole, Omen, Voli. Produced by Voli @volitheentity”
4. How High: “at one point this was guaranteed to go on The Sideline Story.”
5. Unabomber: “Just heard this today for the first time in a longgg time. Love these raps.”
Download: Any Given Sunday #1 (FreEP)
1. Bring Em In
2. Roll Call
3. Be (Freestyle)
Download: Any Given Sunday #2 (FreEP)
Download: Any Given Sunday #5 (FreEP)