Beat Street Records

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2LP


2014 Forest Hills Drive does more than immortalizes an address in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It speaks to a progression in a young life emotionally and also from a socio-economic vantage point. From an all black trailer park in cramped quarters to a two-story house on a tree lined street with a carport and bedrooms for each family member. 
As the years and jobs of his mother improved so did the living situations and therefore the openness to get creative. With the new private bedroom coupled with a growing interest in rap music fueled by one summer-long visit by a cousin from down south who ushered in No Limit style hip hop the seeds of the future rapper were there.
The songs create a narrative and the mood varies from song to song. He wants success (“Fire Squad”), he sees growth (“A Tale Of 2 Citiez”), gets deep on storytelling (“‘03 Adolescence,” “Wet Dreamz”), hits bumps (““G.O.M.D.,” “No Role Modelz”) and comes full circle to what it all means to him and the notion of love (“Apparently,” “Love Yourz”). Welcome to 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

1.  Intro
2.  January 28th
3.  Wet Dreamz
4.  03' Adolescence
5.  A Tale of 2 Citiez
6.  Fire Squad
7.  St. Tropez
1.  G.O.M.D.
2.  No Role Modelz
3.  Hello
4.  Apparently
5.  Love Yourz
6.  Note to Self