My dad jokes around and calls me and J. Cole best friends because I’ve literally almost lost track of how many times I’ve seen this kid in concert. I started listening to J. Cole when I heard “Who Dat?” But I fell in love with his music when I heard Friday Night Lights. It was specifically after I heard “Too Long for the Intro” that I was like “Hmm…” I’ve been a fan ever since.
One thing you must know about me is that I’m a very opinionated, strong-willed person. I don’t like being told what to do nor do I like to be told that I’m wrong about something so you can imagine how I felt when my mentions on twitter lit up after I expressed my love for J. Cole’s music and saw nothing but hate. I was so overwhelmed. I didn’t realize the dislike for J. Cole until I got a twitter.
I promise you, every time I bring up J. Cole someone has something to say. “Oh, he’s boring.” “He’s overrated.” “He’s redundant.” “I hate that *insert explicitive*” “He don’t have bars”. BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAH. I Just hit them with that stale face.
Now hear me on this, although I am a fan, I’m not a biased fan, meaning I’m not going to like everything an artist puts out just because I love them as an artist. Feel me? I hate the term “real fans” but if we’re going to coin that term, I feel that a “real fan” is the one who actually is the hardest critic on their favorite artist because they know that artist’s potential.
So when I heard the critically-acclaimed Born Sinner… I wasn’t a fan right away. Yeah, I said it. I thought it wasn’t his best body of work. That’s me personally. I think J. Cole’s best work is his mixtape, Friday Night Lights. That tape is gold: production-wise, lyrically, and conceptually. I do feel that he was a lot more real on Born Sinner though, especially on his “Let Nas Down” track where he basically confesses that he disappointed one of his biggest idols.
That’s why I love him: He’s real. I also love J. Cole because I can actually relate to him. There’s bout so many times I can listen to other artists talk about riding around in the hood. I’m sorry but I didn’t experience that growing up. He talks about struggling to make ends meet in college, now that’s something I can relate to. No, Cole is not the most lyrical in the game right now as many people like to remind me. Like I said, I’m not a bias fan. I don’t pretend that just because I love an artist, they don’t have their faults. No. I know they do. No, Cole doesn’t have the most “bars.” But… he’s sincere in all his work. He just gives you his heart in every piece of work he puts out. His production can be a little better, yes. I think he should work with a broader network of producers. Mhmm, yes I agree. Sometimes I do find his tracks boring, as many as people love to remind me of that too: “He’s boring.” “He puts me to sleep.” Blah. Blah. Blah.
What I don’t get is, is why do people go so hard to hate on J. Cole. It’s one thing to not be all that into his music but there has been countless times where I see people on Twitter go on and on and on about how he’s corny and how he’s boring. People genuinely hate him, like he took their cookies or threw their puppy in a lake, my God. I don’t think he’s in the top five but I definitely don’t think he deserves as much slander as he’s getting. If you find his music boring, fine. Don’t listen. It’s pretty simple, ya know?
What trips me out even more about it is that people try to convince me that I shouldn’t like his music….. Huh? You can’t police someone’s taste in music. Things that I vibe to, I’m sure there are some people who would want to tear their nails out if they heard and guess what? I’m fine with that because it may not be your cup of tea but it’s mine and I’m sipping boo boo.
Despite his flaws, J. Cole will be one of my favorite rappers and the moral of the story is if you don’t like that, I’ll tie you to a chair and make you listen to Born Sinner all the damn day long 🙂