Today’s throwback album is my favourite J. Cole album of all time. “2014 Forest Hills Drive” is the third studio album by the multifaceted Jermaine Cole that is often regarded as his best album to date. Released on 9th December 2014, the album is named after the address of a home Cole lived at whilst growing up and is also where he decided to pursue a musical career.
The album recalls his upbringing, leaving his hometown to live in NYC and the pursuit of his chosen career and all that came with it. It’s an honest album that is an exceptional piece of art and just after one listen you can see why it is highly regarded as Cole is at his best as a songwriter, rapper, singer and producer.
Four singles were released to promote the critically acclaimed album - “Apparently”, “Wet Dreamz”, “No Role Modelz” & “Love Yourz”. He also released a documentary the following year and then a live version of the album the year after which is actually better than the studio album.
If you’ve ever wondered what the hype is about J. Cole, listen to this album to get a full understanding of the dynamic artist he is. Since I love EVERY song on the album, listen to them all on my Throwback Albums Faves playlist on Apple Music & Spotify now!