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Happy Birthday J. Cole: 28 Gems from the Hip-Hop Icon

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You’ll never see his name associated with following trends, nor will you find him doing anything that doesn’t support his fellow people. J. Cole has remained a consistent name in rap for the better art of ten years now. His accomplishments and resume make him one of the biggest names in rap music to date. His presence as a dynamic performer makes him a rarity and much more than just another rapper with a “dollar and a dream”. Does he get the respect that he deserves? Absolutely not. But today, on January 28, we celebrate his birthday. In honor of his big day, we have listed some, well 28, of his timeless classics that prove he is more than just another talented rapper. After all, there’s a reason he became the first rapper to go platinum with no features on two consecutive albums.

1.

“Power Trip f/ Miguel” — Not known for his sexy tracks often, Cole teams up with then rising R&B superstar Miguel for one of the biggest hits of both men’s career. The mid-tempo gem was a big radio hit in 2013 and introduced both men to a wider mainstream audience.

2.

“Let Nas Down” — If you know Cole, you understand why this record is often regarded as one of his greatest. I’m sure that Nas was not let down from this one.

3.

“A Star Is Born (Jay-Z f/ J. Cole)” — While many folks were learning who Cole was underground, Jay-Z introduced him to the world on his 2009 LP, ‘The Blueprint 3’.

4.

“Breakdown” — Real words, real story, real emotion.

5.

“Nobody’s Perfect f/ Missy Elliot” — A timeless ode to imperfect love.

6.

“Crooked Smile f/ TLC” — One of Cole’s deepest, yet most commercial releases to date.

7.

“Can’t Get Enough f/ Trey Songz” — Continuing his successes of R&B crossovers, this banger with Trigga is too often slept on.

8.

“In the Morning f/ Drake” — No explanation needed.

9.

“Neighbors” — The fact that this is based on a true story is evidence enough this man is a genius.

10.

“G.O.M.D.” — Still a mood in 2019.

11.

“Work Out” — What better solo introduction could a young rapper a have in 2011?

12.

“Photograph” — An underrated banger from his last LP, “K.O.D.”

13.

“Wet Dreams” — If you ain’t feel the words to this one, you ain’t doing something right.

14.

“Planes (Jeremiah f/ J.Cole)” — BANGER.

15.

“Tale of 2 Cities” — Tribute to an outstanding novel.

16.

“Sparks Will Fly f/ Jhene Aiko” — Effortless collaboration.

17.

“Forbidden Fruit f/ Kendrick Lamar” — Look at this duo and the rest is self explanatory.

18.

“No Role Modelz” — Arguably the greatest song from his 2014 album.

19.

“Apparently” — A vibe.

20.

“Love Yourz” — One of the deepest cuts that Cole has ever recorded to date.

21.

“Immortal” — Probably my favorite song on the album, honestly.

22.

“Folding Clothes” — A nice love gem for relationships.

23.

“Ville Mentality” — Underrated.

24.

“Deja Vu” — Underrated, as well.

25.

“Kevin’s Hart” — An easy favorite on his new record.

26.

“ATM” — Radio-friendly gem off his newest LP.

27.

“K.O.D.” — This title track holds its own momentum for the album.

28.

“Middle Child” — Haven’t heard it? Get on it!

January 28, 2019

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