The summer belongs to J. Cole. With so many new releases dropping in the coming months, Cole further solidified his place on the list of most anticipated albums with his latest, "Cole Summer."
Borrowing from Lauryn Hill's "Nothing Even Matters," he reinterprets the beat, flipping the concept from a love song to a lyrical diary of career feats and fears. Just in case Ms. Hill doesn't approve of the sample, Cole begs for mercy, rapping, "The sample was yelling loop me, I hope Lauryn Hill don't sue me."
From name-dropping Drake ("Throwing dollars in the strip club with Drizzy/Difference is I'm throwin' four, he throwin' 50"), to admitting to being a cheapskate ("Confessions of a cheap a-- n----/But I finally put my mama in that E-class n---a) the Grammy nominee lets his emotions bleed over the nearly five-minute track. He further rhymes on his phobias, contemplating his second album flopping and going "back to the post office," to make ends meet. There's a good chance that won't happen, but the candor is commendable.
Cole's second album, Born Sinner, drops June 25.
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