The Rowdee Review: Killers, J. Cole

I’ve gotta be honest; I’ve seen and heard enough from J. Cole at this point to come to the conclusion that he’s going to be around for a while……dude’s got skills. The Roc Nation signee has basically set fire to everything that has come his way, from his guest turn on The Blueprint III to his prolific appearances on the mixtape circuit. So it comes as no surprise, at least to me, that he’s dropped another gem with “Killers”, which hit the Internet just within the last week or so. Cole’s advanced wordplay skills are on display here, placing himself in the persona of someone who has committed a murder and is making a confessional call to his mother. The dark nature of the material is offset brilliantly by some classic samples of Richard Pryor on the hooks, using comedy to somehow lighten the mood. This, combined with a track that could be a U2 album outtake given it’s smoothness, speaks to Cole’s artistry and maturity, words not often associated with hip-hop these days. I’m guessing that this guy’s label debut will drop later this summer and if this is the level of work to be expected, then the weather won’t be the only heat source to deal with.

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~ by darrylthewriter on March 31, 2011.

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