We didn’t know what to expect from this EP, which is a pre-cursor from J. Cole‘s forthcoming Born Sinner LP, which is currently set for release in the next couple of months. Upon immediate listen, this project presents a more mature, introspective protagonist in Cole, especially compared to his club banger hit “Work Out” from his last LP, Cole World. Although melancholy for the most part throughout, we appreciate the lyricism and musicality of the effort, which includes some deep soul samples and textures. It is clear this brother has been going through some things and his is opening up like never before. He’s going in an exposing issues from his childhood, failed friendships, jailtime, and much more. Honestly, the brother sounds depressed. Given his immense talent and accomplishments, we are hopeful this year will be a good one for him. Kudos for being so open J. Cole.
From J. Cole:
Its time. I appreciate you giving me the time I needed to grow, experiment, and find the direction for my 2nd album.. And I have. Along the way Ive recorded at least 4 albums worth of material, lots of it being unfinished demo versions waiting to be polished up, some of them are great songs and important stories that just wont make the album (either they dont fit Sonically, dont fit Theme, or theres just not enough space) . Tonight, I want to give you a few of these songs because you deserve them. Its hard as fuck for me to keep all this music from you for so long, so I know its been hard for you to wait. Thank you for your patience. Vibe out to these songs in their raw form, no polish.. just a lot of my soul.. The wait is over. Truly Yours, Born Sinner Truly Yours PS- 1st single coming this week. The album is hands down my best work yet. Cant wait to share.
1.Can I Holla At Ya
4.Tears For ODB
Favorite Tracks: Can I Holla At Ya, Crunch Time