J.Cole Fayetteville, NC
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j cole“SOME OF MY NIGGAZ IN THE VILLE/ALL THEY DID WAS SERVE FIENDS/FUCK SCALES, I HAD SKILLS/ALL DAY REHEARSING/I WAS LIKE A YOUNG SIMBA/COULDN'T WAIT TO BE THE KING”


J.COLE, GROWN SIMBA, (2009)


Jay- Z’s artists have not had a stellar track record when it comes to actually releasing an album. Beans and Memphis Bleek seemed to be lost in the shuffle after the break up with Dame and Biggs. Joe Budden fell victim to numerous album delays when Jay ran Def Jam. And if you even remember him, TruLife created a buzz in the

middle of the 2000s, but has since faded to the darkness.


But there is good reason to be optimistic about Jay’s latest protégé, J.Cole out of North Carolina by way of New York.  J Dot has the kind of flow that comes from constant and consistent grinding and practice. He seems to be one of those artists that Kanye had been talking bout (y’all don’t know my struggle/y’all cant match my hustle/you cant catch my hustle/you cant fathom my love dude/lock your in a room doin five beats a day for three summers). J.Cole seems to have that Kanye determination mixed in with his own tremendous work ethic.


The time he has put into honing his craft certainly shines through. He rhymes, “some of my niggas in the Ville/all they did was serve fiends/fuck scales I had skill all day reahearsing/I was like Simba/ I couldn’t wait to be the king.” He has released critically acclaimed street albums, The Blow Up and The Warm Up, which exhibit his effortless flow and unreal word play. Dude is hungry and eager to achieve greatness. He believes that he is destined to not only make it, but to be the greatest.


And he believes I putting in the work to achieve his goals. He says that he moved from Fayetteville, North Carolina to New York to pursue his dream of rapping. He used college as the tool to get to New York. He went on to get a scholarship at St. Johns University on an academic scholarship that helped to develop his artistry.


He initially believed that he wouldn’t have to finish college because he thought he would have a record deal by the end of freshmen year. But fortunately he wasn’t scooped up out of college and that gave him more time to hone his craft and gain skills that would help him navigate the treacherous music industry. He eventually graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a degree in communications and business and got a deal by the end of his college career.


He looks at The Warm Up street album as an opportunity to redeem himself when the opportunity to go mainstream did not present itself when he sought fit. The Warm Up is about the kid that did not make the team even though he was more talented than anyone who did. He had the choice to either quit or go harder in the paint. J.Cole chose the latter because “every since [he] was thirteen, [he] thought that he was suppose to be signed.” It was just a matter of time.


J.Cole  seems to have built an amazing fan-base  for his musical and commercial success because he is a “master of the beats and the rhymes.” He is an excellent producer who is responsible for the majority of the material that he uses in conjunction with his excellent rhyming skills.


His pursuit of greatness stems from the poverty that he and his mother had to endure for most of his life. He still feels like he has way more work ahead to become what he considers successful: being the absolute best.


He doesn’t want to just make the team, he wants to start, go on to college and win a few championship. That’s his ambitions as a rider. “I was like a young Simba/couldn’t wait to be the King.” Thank God for Hip-hop.


*This is The Word….govern yourselves accordingly.


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0 #1 Zack Turman 2010-11-08 03:10
J. Cole is one of the next best rappers in the game. He influencces alot of up coming artits such as myself. I did a remix to his Grown Simba Instrumental.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gANm3GZE34 it was a bit challenging at times, but the instrumental is still dope. stay up everyone and enjoy the music.
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