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    Cole World: The Sideline Story Review @JColeNC

     

    To have commercial success an emerging rapper needs to appeal to both men and women. This is an extremely hard task and can often hold back artists. How do they make it? How do they have the themes that are perfect for men and women? J. Cole is the answer with his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story.

    Personally I have loved J. Cole since way back. I have his mixtapes and know all the words to practically all his songs. After three mixtapes, this is J. Cole’s first commercial release. FINALLY! Majority of the songs on Cole World is produced by Jermaine (his main producer). J. Cole is a man of many talents, which is shown by all the instruments that he plays on this album (violin, drum machine and piano). If you are a fan of J. Cole you will love Dollar and a Dream III, if you just started listening to him, you will be inspired to download his previous mixtapes.

    My favourite song is Daddy’s Little Girl- this song brings in Cole’s passion and how a social message really needs to be presented. However, the song like God’s Gift presents J.Cole in a way that makes it seem like he is the problem and the solution to the problems he’s rapping about. It’s really difficult to take a song about unwanted pregnancies and abortions seriously if there are also songs about one night stands. But looking past these contradictions you will be really happy with the different flows, mixed with a story telling flow. J. Cole has a way of keeping tender songs from sounding too blah and like Drake- he can mix a few silly lyrics into a catchy package.

    With little to no collaborations, J.Cole wants you to fall in love with his music, and his rapping style. Only two big names are featured on the album- Missy Elliott, and Jay-Z and to be honest they really don’t do much to Cole’s album. However J. Cole’s new album is a breath of fresh of air and hopefully will shed light on important social issues. J.Cole’s fans are sure to be happy with the end result.

    Download his album here

    much love xo

    @itstanyag

     

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    200 words on Foreign Exchange


    Guest Blogger. That Guy

    Leaving it All Behind is a great title and Nicolay decides to remind us what the first album sounds like with this clever atmospheric intro that picks up from where Foreign Exchange left off. This project is very smooth. Nicolay out did himself on this one, the Foreign Exchange sound is complete and official. Soulfully melodic, true to the heart, just a rap music master piece. Thanks for the Trumpet on ‘Take Off the Blues’ Stan Graham.

    This time Foreign Exchange provides two master pieces to their album when you purchase it. Yes the instrumental version is included. Something for everyone, even for the DJ’s who don’t play vinyl anymore. It’s a beautiful touch because it’s the perfect Sunday album for the rap enthusiast. Vocally the arrangements are brilliant and Phonte’s authentic b-boy tone just ends up being the icing on the cake to this Nicolay instrumental enterprise. It would also be a sin for one not to mention the sultry romantic vocals of Darien Brockington. Although he has his own distinct sound like we heard on the first album, this time around I was constantly reminded of the sounds of Dwele, D’Angelo, and even Musiq all fused into this one Darien Brockington. If you haven’t heard him on any music yet now is the time.

    If your energy is positive and authentic and you enjoy funk, jazz, rock, ambient, R&B and rap, then this album is truly for you. Cheers to Leaving it All Behind…The Foreign Exchange!

    By That Guy
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