Artist: J. Cole
Mixtape: Any Given Sunday
Released on: July 31 , 2011
J. Cole was born as Jermaine Cole in Frankfurt, Germany and around the age of eight, he moved to North Carolina where he would reside with his mom and aunt. Some of Cole’s biggest musical inspirations include Jay-Z, Tupac, Eminem and Nas. Signed to Roc Nation, Cole has been making a name for himself since he emerged with “Who Dat” and he has jumped on numerous collaborations from Miguel to Rihanna to Wale to Talib Kweli. His highly anticipated debut “Cole World: The Sideline Story” is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2011. Cole stated that until the album is released, he will release tracks every Sunday, hence the title of this EP, “Any Given Sunday”.
The EP “Any Given Sunday” has five tracks, but they are all worthy of a studio album release. The first track “Like A Star” is sick, I love this song because of his flow, the lyrics, the instrumental is hot and he is sampling Corinne Bailey Rae (whom I love), it’s not missing anything at all. On “How High” the instrumental is soulful, I can hear jazz elements and his flow is quite beastly. With “Pity” I felt that Cole served an amazing track, I love the interpolation on the track and he is clever with his storytelling. “Knock On Wood” is my kind of track. Firstly, Cole sampled “Go” by Common and Kanye and that happens to be one of my favorite songs. Also, it was noted that Cole was freestyling on this track and I loved it! I love his choice of melody with the instrumental and how he presents his lyrics and tone, great track. Lastly, on “Unabomber”, Cole is clever, again I loved his delivery, it’s like he floats on the track, his punchlines stood out and this track was my favorite of the five.
I think Cole is headed for the stars and many more collaborations, even though there were only five tracks on the EP “Any Given Sunday” I loved all of them and felt this was a tease, but then again, that’s what an EP is supposed to be. It definitely makes you want to hear more from him, so please keep the date September 27th in your mind because I’m certain that Cole has something great in store for us. I know I will pick up “Cole World” for sure.