Music Recommendation – Single – Jeremih ft. J. Cole, “Planes”

jeremihSince we are skipping the intro, let’s just act like the song starts at about 17 seconds in. The song’s lyricism takes quality over quantity and shoves it down Jeremih’s throat as he spits it back out. The music is catchy and could be fun to play back and enjoy after retaining the words. J. Cole’s role, however, is definitely the highlight of this track.

The song just released early this week, and if you have not kept track, lately I have written about J. Cole quite a lot. His verse has a sing-songy but rhythmatic tone to it and feels more on-subject than Jeremih’s lyrics. The song is mostly interesting due to his feature, but I can find the appeal in both roles.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

6.75/10

You can check out the new song and hear it first below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – J. Cole, “Wet Dreamz”

j-cole-forest-hills-driveAfter I finished listening to 2014 Forest Hills Drive, I realized two things: First, that J. Cole may be my favorite rapper and one of the best currently performing, and that “Wet Dreamz” was my favorite song on the album. The song was honest and relatable, and has a sort-of twist ending. It is a humorous but personal Hip-Hop track that tells a story, which J. Cole has admitted he is best at.

The song has incredible, though slightly cringeworthy bars and a consistent flow. The beat is a bit lazy but sets the mood well. Production was mostly the biggest concern on the album anyways. The chorus repeats the same line annoyingly, but it fits into transitioning the stanzas and telling the story.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

You can view the song below, and I suggest checking out Cole’s album, as it is one of the best Rap albums of 2014:

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Favorites Friday – J. Cole ft. Trey Songz, “Can’t Get Enough”

j-coleSince I finished Forest Hill Drive today, I thought I would give J. Cole a nod in an article by citing one of my favorite Coleworld song. I would say this is slightly ahead of Work Out and that amazing Intro for favorite J. Cole songs all-time. Can’t Get Enough was full of excellent bars and Trey Songz’s chorus is different but something new and interesting.

The beat always slightly annoyed me, though it does it right on the chorus. Otherwise, it just felt overbearing. J. Cole just has a bit of trouble with production, but if he can get that together, his music will be unstoppably powerful.

Let it be said that I love J. Cole and his music. Now that I’m done being that guy who comments under every J. Cole post saying “Coleworld” and riding certain genitalia, I have to say that this song is hardly perfect. It may be one of Cole’s more unfocused tracks lyrically (at least compared to his other works), but it is one of his catchiest and is always a fun listen.

Overall, I would rate the song at:

9.25/10

Go ahead and enjoy one of my favorite songs below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – J. Cole, Apparently

j-coleI have only heard a couple of songs off J. Cole’s new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, but this is definitely my favorite so far. The song is complex and features both sung and rapped vocals by Coleworld. It is deep and emotional, but also has that aura of tough Hip-Hop that J. Cole is great at balancing.

J. Cole reminds me of Eminem in his lyricism and balance, but seems to have a better grip on his morals and finds success in speaking complete truth about his life. Everything he says feels so raw and straight from his mouth. As you get deeper into the song, it becomes tougher and more like the stereo-type Hip-Hop sound most people listen for.

This song’s appeal is how entertaining it is throughout and, while there is a chorus that catches on, the song’s pace and sound switches up in a convincing way that makes it stand out from other Rap music. In a year of such awful Hip-Hop music, J. Cole definitely provides some warmth while Rap fans freeze their balls off.

Overall, I would rate this track at:

9.5/10

I wish I could give it a perfect 10, I really do, but the voice cracks on the intro and slighly less meaningful lyricism as the song begins to cap knock it down a bit. Otherwise, this is a truly remarkable Hip-Hop/Rap song. I want to hear J. Cole’s new album in full, which does feature Apparently on it. In the meantime, you can hear the song and watch its music video below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Trae Tha Truth, I’m On 2.0

There is honestly no point of listing all of the rappers in this song. I just wrote about I’m On earlier, which is the original Trae song. The “remix” (even though it hardly sounds like the original, so I just call it a sequel) is actually quite good. Any rapper who you may call “crap” or “not good” could prove you wrong with this song, as the verses are rather good, if not unfocused.

I said my complaint in the last one and I will say it again, what is this song trying to convey? You are on what, exactly? The verses sound excellent and the music is good but it feels empty. Even though the second I’m On is the same length as the first, 2.0 features several more appearances.

So now I go through that thing where I rank the verses, though this one is a bit easier than the first I’m On because there are actually some not-so-great parts in this song here and there:

1. Kendrick Lamar (who else did you expect me to pick?)

2. B.o.B

3. Bun B

4. J. Cole

5. Jadakiss

6. Big K.R.I.T.

7. Gudda Gudda (actually not bad)

8. Tyga

When I say rapfest about these songs, it is not only because of the amount of popular rappers on two tracks, but also how many are in the music videos (a lot, by the way). So overall, I would rate the song at 9.5/10. Some very solid verses and a great song, but no chorus sadly and a couple of a disappointing Tyga verse (but then again, what did you expect?).

Give it a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Maroon 5 ft. J. Cole, Animals (Remix)

I will admit that I don’t hate on Maroon 5 like most people do. I find quite a few of their songs very good. Animals is definitely one of them, but with J. Cole hopping on the remix yesterday (the first song with him in a long while) I had to give this one a listen.

The song itself is similar to most Maroon 5 songs, and Adam Levine sings as he normally does. However, J. Cole goes hard in the second half of his verse and really gives the song something to look forward to. Song is everything you’d expect from Maroon 5 but the J. Cole remix is absolutely the best version of it.

This remix gets a rating of 8.75/10. The song itself isn’t much different from the usual but it still is pretty catchy, and J. Cole sounds excellent. I can see a lot of people really liking this song, so go ahead and hear it below:

-Austin Heath