2014 Forest Hills Drive

2014 Forest Hills Drive

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by J. Cole
     
 

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Named after the address of his childhood home in North Carolina, J. Cole's third studio effort was released with no supporting singles, and there are no featured artists, either, because 2014 Forest Hills Drive is one of those personal, conceptual, and "heavy" albums. Most importantly, it's admirable bordering on excellent, sure to inspire returning fans to

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Named after the address of his childhood home in North Carolina, J. Cole's third studio effort was released with no supporting singles, and there are no featured artists, either, because 2014 Forest Hills Drive is one of those personal, conceptual, and "heavy" albums. Most importantly, it's admirable bordering on excellent, sure to inspire returning fans to herald it as a classic even if it doesn't woo the skeptical, casually wandering out of its intro with two smooth and soulful numbers that are so free, they're just shy of being clumsy. Key cut "January 28th" puts gut-wrenching hard truths of the Pusha-T type ("What's the price for a black man's life?/I check the toe tag, not one zero in sight") next to wobbly wordplay that could have been lifted off some old Digable Planets LP ("Flow is bananas/Here, peel this back"), while "Wet Dreamz" finds J. Cole the producer offering a beat that's rather Alchemist or 9th Wonder inspired, and then slathering it in plush strings for a perfect single on an album that refuses singles. Later, "No Role Modelz" mixes a tribute to the late actor James Avery ("Rest in peace Uncle Phil"), with a bubbling beat that's a variation on cloud-rap (co-produced by Phonix Beats and Cole), and a snarky, snappy set of put downs that are like an elevated Fergie ("I don't want no bitch from reality shows/Out of touch with reality hos"), but all these flights of fancy fly freely since the album lacks an anchor. 2014 Forest Hills Drive comes off as a great, experimental, and advancing mixtape, but it's insider to a fault, as slight as that fault might be.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0888750441126
catalogNumber:
504411
Rank:
10060

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

J. Cole   Primary Artist
Jack Mason   Horn Engineer
Nate Jones   Bass
Yolanda Renee   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Casey   Saxophone
Jeff Gitelman   Guitar
Nuno Malo   Strings
David Linaburg   Guitar
Kaye Fox   Vocals,Background Vocals
Damone Coleman   Sampling
T.S. Rose Desandies   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chargaux   Strings
Nervous Reck   Sampling
Travis Antoine   Trumpet
Ronald Gilmore   Bass,Keyboards
James Rodgers   Bass Trombone

Technical Credits

Johnny Burke   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Andre Thomas   Additional Production
Darius Coleman   Composer
J. Cole   Producer,Additional Production
Juro "Mez" Davis   Engineer
Jeff Gitelman   Composer
Filippo Trecca   Composer
Darius Barnes   Composer,Producer
Nate Alford   Engineer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Producer
DJ Dahi   beats
Jermaine Cole   Composer,Executive Producer
Carl McCormick   Composer,Instrumentation
JProof   Producer
Ramon Ibanga   Producer
Roc Nation   Executive Producer
Anderson Hernandez   Composer,Producer
Vinylz   Additional Production
Calvin Price   Composer,Instrumentation
Felton Brown   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Dreamville   Executive Producer
William "Willie B." Brown   Composer,Producer
Timothy "Nick Paradise" Thomas   Additional Production
Team Titans   Additional Production
Ronald Gilmore   Producer,Additional Production
Justin Thomas Kay   Graphic Design,Art Direction

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2014 Forest Hills Drive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He always has great music, and this should have been album of the year
imkingkp More than 1 year ago
A new classic from J.Cole - #ColeWorld