J. Cole’s latest album has gotten an equal amount of praise and vitriol since its release. For every fan who absolutely loves the album, there is someone denouncing Cole as boring or sleep inducing. Somewhere between the accolades and hate is the truth. Alex Siber described it best in his review of Forest Hills Drive, “Cole is undeniably good and arguably great, but a glass ceiling separates him from joining hands with the greatest.”
So on David Letterman last night, Cole did something I thought almost impossible… he showed a glimpse of greatness. While his singing leaves much to be desired, his blistering verse is probably one of the greatest odes you will hear about Ferguson and Eric Garner for a while. This is what made me a Cole fan in the beginning and what gives me hope that he’ll find his path to making a true classic.
You can watch the performance below.