J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive Review

This is an emotional roller-coaster of an album. It explores a lot of what people can go through in their lives as a whole as well as in their day to day experiences and this makes for an album that really connects with the listener. It is cohesive and all works together well as an overall project.

The production is amazing and really draws the listener in. It creates the perfect atmosphere on each song and helps to boost the message of each track to get the point across better. It all flows very easily together and isn’t jagged or shifting. Instead it runs smoothly and is a joy to listen to.

The lyricism is clever and has a lot of re-listen ability. Cole masterfully shapes his lyrics into very smart story telling rhymes and witty wordplay. Cole does a great job at staying on point in the songs and making powerful messages in songs, which is also true for this project.

With no features to compare to, Cole does a great  job of shouting out everyone who helped to make this project on the last track where after the first three minutes, leads to him joking around and thanking everybody. He says it is like “the credits rolling” and it is like that if the credits were amusing and made you want to keep listening.

Overall, this is a great album which can be listened to over and over again as it is so easy to listen to while still being engaging to the listener. This is a great feat for Cole and for his Dreamville label as he shouts them out in the “credits” on the album. If you are a fan of Hip Hop, get this album.

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