Forest Hills Drive – J Cole

COLE WORLD! J Cole released his third album a while ago and I have been addicted to it. “Forest Hills Drive” went gold already and it moved 135k units its second week. This album is a little different from his first and second albums, its dark and it’s introspective, completely opposite of just club bangers. It has depth to it in every song, its more than money girls and clothes, its about real stuff that happens in life. This album has a lot of good songs but my favorite songs are “Love Yourz”, “Wet Dreamz”, and “No Role Modelz”.

“Love Yourz” Is most likely my favorite song off the album. It is very relatable for everyone, I love that the message it sends to the listeners. It basically says love what you have and not to love what everyone else has. That happiness isn’t the stuff that you want or want to buy, happiness is with the people you surround your self with. The piano on the beat is beautiful; in the beginning it reminds me from the video game “Kingdom Hearts”. I like the way J Cole raps with the beat and I absolutely love the lyrics with it.

“Wet Dreamz” had me chuckling the whole time, its a great story and made me laugh. I admire J Cole for his ability to tell stories when he raps, and that’s always fun to listen to. Even the beat is so good; the song is about Cole talking about being a virgin and about to smash for the first time. It explains all the events that lead up to that moment. He portrays the story very well and you can picture it in your head very well. You can easily sing along to this song, my buddy was bumping this song at his party and it was nice!

“No Role Modelz” Is most likely everyone’s favorite that I have let listen to the CD with. It’s beat is addictive you get your head nodding right away. The chorus is infectious to me; I catch myself at work yelling, “Don’t save her!” But also the little snippet from Bush is hilarious and I loved what he did with it. Its just a song you can even bump, its not even meant to be a banger but it turned out to be.

J Cole released and unexpected album almost pulling a Beyoncé, he had no single and his album went gold its second week I believe. That’s really good for an artist to achieve and he hasn’t disappointed me yet. I am a big J Cole fan since his mixtape “Friday Night Lights” I remember listening to that mixtape and saying ” Damn I hope this guy makes it big.” Now he has made it, he has made 3 great albums. You can hear influence from Drake and Kendrick all in this song; it looks like Kendrick’s verse from “Control” has brought out the best out of some these rappers. I really hope J Cole keeps on growing as an artist and makes more hit albums like this. An album that’s like this and ” Born Sinner” would be so amazing! Hip-hop fans will love this album!!
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Ferg Forever – A$AP Ferg

A$AP!!!! A$AP Ferg released a nice little mixtape for his fans on black Friday. It took me at least two listens to get used to Ferg’s Elastic voice again. This mixtape is a good follow up to his first album, and I am patiently waiting for his sophomore album. I am praying that he does not go through a sophomore slump. Dj Drama and his annoying tags are the only thing I have a problem with, someone please get the tag less version out first! The songs that stood out to me were “This Side Feat: YG”, “JA Rule Feat Big Sean”, and “Reloaded Let it Go Part 2 Feat M.I.A. and Crystal Caine’s”.

“This Side Feat: YG” has a beat that sounds like it was produced by Dj mustard, but Fam did it. That’s the first thing I noticed. The beat bangs in the car, the YG feature was perfect on the beat. I love how Ferg comes in on the first verse, and his sound effects and his exaggeration of words are on point in this. YG does a verse that is perfect on this beat, he does these awesome verses and then he falls short on his own stuff. This can be a little frustrating, and lack of consistency from him is annoying.

“JA Rule Feat Big Sean” The beats on all these tracks are just so on point I love it. This song has a JA rule sample in the back of the chorus if you listening carefully. It’s just slowed down a lot, which is pretty clever and fits the beat perfect. Big Sean’s verse on this is insane; he goes off on this track. After hearing this verse and his latest singles it makes me so much more excited for his sophomore album! Ferg has a good first verse but Big Sean shines on this track way more. I would like to have heard another verse Ferg on this track but that’s okay.

“”Reloaded Let it Go Part 2 Feat M.I.A. and Crystal Caine’s” is a part 2 of a song off his first album titled ” Let It Go”. It is just as good as the original but not quite as good, it is still a good song though. It is hard to top the original because it’s just really good. The M.I.A. feature was perfect I wish she were on the original, also Crystal Caine’s damn did a really good job. This is the first time I heard from her and she sounds like she has some potential, hope to hear more from her. What caught me off guard on this track was the frozen let it go sample that was perfectly placed!

This mixtape was a nice little treat to have, it seems to me there hasn’t really been that many “good” mixtapes drop lately the last good mixtape I downloaded was Euroz memories and that was really good but highly underrated. This is a nice sample of what I hope to hear from A$AP Ferg in the future. This is what he needs to continue doing on his albums and not fall short like A$AP Rocky did on his first album. Rocky had a great mixtape but his first album just didn’t live up to the hype and high expectations I had for it. A$AP Ferg’s on the other hand was great and an awesome first album. Lets hope his sophomore album is just as good!
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1989 – Taylor Swift

I am a little late on this review, but I had to do it! Taylor Swift has released “1989”, a more poppy album than she has released before (in my opinion). The album is amazing; it’s amazing that every song on the album is so catchy. You can sing alongside any one of these songs. Even her highly criticized song “Welcome To New York” is really catchy. There are far too many songs on this album that I love, so this makes it extra hard to narrow it down to three songs. The three songs I have brought it down to are “Blank Space”, “Wonderland”, and “This Love”. I am not saying these are the best songs, but just are the ones that stood out to me.

“Blank Space” has a really nice opening beat; it has a great beat throughout the whole track. Taylor’s voice pairs so well with the beat. It is her poking fun at her self, and her past relationships. She found a way to bring that so called stigma about her around and use it to her advantage. I believe it’s a hit single and I can see why, it just sounds really good.

“Wonderland” is a little slower song, which I thing she does a little better on. The song itself has a great chorus; the beat that comes in once the chorus hits is great. I love the way the beginning verse of almost all the verses start off slow then begins to build up. It just is a really good song.

“This Love” is a really calming song to me. It has such a relaxing feel to it; at the same time song it’s an emotional song about returning love and dying love. It’s a really sweet song, I like it a lot, and the production on it is really good.

The whole album is amazing; it is an amazing transition from her country pop to pure pop. It’s a pure pop album, and it’s not a shitty pop album. Its actually really good pop album, it shows Taylor’s strength as an artist to thrive so well in a different genre than pop country. Her love for 80’s synth is full blast on this album with only few songs that remind me of the old stuff she has done. Yes this album is different, and it’s a good different. Anyone one who likes Taylor swift even just a tiny bit will love this album. So go buy it now!!

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