2014 Forrest Hills Drive- J Cole
Much like Kendricks Good Kid M.A.A.d City album, J. Cole gives us a nostalgic look into his childhood and growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole describes the LP as “personal statement”. It shows Coles shift in mind set, in regards to concerns about radio plays as he hones in on his artistry and delivering his message exactly the way he wants to. With no lead singles and no features the commercial success of this album is even more impressive. The LP starts with Cole’s comparison of himself with Rakim, one of raps founding fathers on “January 28th”, a birthday Cole shares with the legendary rapper, to the graphic yet relatable picture that he creates on the track “Wet Dreamz”. The LP continues with some heavy hitting tracks like “G.O.M.D” and “No Role Modelz” but finishes on lighter note “Love Yourz”. This track epitomises the J.Cole whom we’ve come to love, in which he describes his vulnerability honestly, in a way that makes you feel like he’s lived in your shoes and has gone through everything you’ve gone through or are going through.
Under Pressure - Logic
The first studio album by bobby Hall commonly known as Logic was released in October of 2014. The project showed a young rapper in his prime with an incredible ability to rap and translate that into good music, Lucas Garrison from the DJ booth described the project as " a full complete body of work" words I couldn't agree with more. The project follows an extensive mixtape career which saw him release 5 mixtapes in 3 of which were part of Young Sinatra series. The debut LP consist of 12 tracks with the deluxe coming with 3 extra tracks, it shows us a snap shot into his childhood . Executive produced by NO. I.D., logic paints a vivid picture of the gang related life from the point of view of his older brother and later goes on to do some introspection of his own. this can be seen on tracks "Growing Pains III" in this project the issues of growing up with an absent father, drugs and gun violence.