Without releasing any singles and having very little promotion, J. Cole releases his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive today! The 29-year-old North Carolina MC returns to where it all started with the follow-up to 2013′s Born Sinner, which was inspired by his childhood home.
Cole tries something new by not including any features in the album. Instead, he relies on himself for the 13 introspective tracks. He calls out Eminem, Iggy Azalea, and other white artists on “Fire Squad,” he asks “What’s the price for a black man life?” on the Ferguson-inspired “January 28th,” and he shows off his storytelling skills on “Wet Dreamz.”
The album, which is already No. 1 on iTunes, has been receiving favorable reviews from critics. USA Today gave it 2.5 out of 4 stars, while the Los Angeles Times awarded it 3 out of 4.
Stream 2014 Forest Hills Drive below via Spotify and purchase it on iTunes.