This album was long awaited by many people since Cole World – The Sideline Story which was released in 2011. Here, J. Cole expresses his deep personal meanings for his music. The album was actually named after his childhood address where he grew up in North Carolina. Listening to the album front to back, he shows what kind of life he lived there and it’s powerful. There is a very powerful point of working his way up tot where he is now and how he was shaped from Forest Hills Drive.
Throughout the album, it takes on a kind on some kind of sound of ChannelOrange by Frank Ocean but possibly better! A couple songs have a solid trap beat that he raps over and once he hits the chorus, you can’t resist but to head bang to it! A Tale of 2 Citiez, No Role Modelz, and G.O.M.D. all can get you going with their catchy beats and powerful lyrics. J. Cole yet again proves his lyrical skills throughout this album. Especially in No Role Modelz he puts a clip of former President George W. Busch with his famous screw up of the “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.” quote. After that clip, he drops a stellar line pretty much stating that he wont take anyone’s crap. The song itself has a really powerful meaning behind it in which it’s saying don’t waste your time on someone who isn’t willing to do it themselves, which in retrospect to the world, is pretty bang on.
Even though J. Cole has been a star for many years, this was his first album to win platinum. On top of that, it was the first hip-hop/rap album to receive a platinum status without a single and without any featuring artists since 1989 which was NWA’s Straight Outta Compton. All-in-all, J. Cole killed the album and deserved the platinum for his performance.