You know how the second part of “Lift Off” off Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne completely owns the first part? Well, J. Cole realized that, too, and decided to spit over the brassy backdrop, reverbing Beyonce vocals and all. Oh, and he decided to murk it, something we always look forward to from the Fayetteville, N.C. native.
And let me be real for a second. I have said and written some salty things about Cole, mostly because I was ridiculously let down by his proper debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. It was upon hearing that project that I decided he was merely a mixtape rapper, though I must admit his skills as a producer continue to flourish. I mean, did you hear what he crafted for King Mez?
Anyway, here’s to Cole fully embracing himself and making another solid mixtape or, perhaps, putting his all into his sophomore album. Stream “The Cure” below.