Don’t you know that I be out in France
where the fans throw their hands up like Pacquiao.
Not cause my looks, cause my hooks could knock Rocky out.
And my lines is designed from the heart,
Young simba been a lion from the start
– J.Cole – Sideline Story
So some people may not be blown away by him. He’s not flashy…yet, but he has words that actually have meaning. His beats are modest and not over-produced. You know what though? That’s fine for a first album. Earn your right in the scene. His mixtapes and EPs that lead up to this studio album are like pre-season training for his main event. A lot of artists are produced, this fool is producing his own tracks off the bat. That’s mad respectable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cole_World:_The_Sideline_Story – All the credits are there.
Take your approach to the game humbly and you can be respected by your peers.
“Would you rather be underpaid or overrated?” – Jay-Z
It also says something when you’re signed under Jay-Z with Roc-nation. You can’t disappoint and you’re expected to work and that’s exactly what he’s doing. Forget all the flashy antics, he’s letting his flow do the work for him. Reminiscent of Eminem’s albums of late. Tell your story and people will listen.
That is all. Glad to know there are kids in this generation taking the work ethic seriously. I’ll save that blurb for another day. His new album is going to be something G.O.O.D.
J.Cole feat Missy Elliott – Nobody’s Perfect