On this very day, two of rap's best dropped their latest album. Kanye West dropped his much anticipated album, Yeezus and J.Cole dropped his long-awaited sophomore album, Born Sinner. J.Cole pushed his album release up to compete with West, which was a definite risk, but he wanted to make a statement.
I listened to both of the albums today, I couldn't wait to see what they came up with. Both of these albums are very different aside from both of them having a lot of Biblical references. Well, there's Kanye who comes right out and says, 'I am a God', and obviously there's the album title itself. In Cole's 'Forbidden Fruit', he says, 'I'mma drop the album the same day as Kanye.' It has the most Biblical references of the whole album, and considering the song title and lyrics, it was clearly made in relation to West's album.
I've looked at some reviews for the album. For one thing, Kanye is such a presence that I feel people who aren't familiar with rap may not even know about J.Cole. For those who don't, you may know, 'Blow Up', 'Can't Get Enough' ft Trey Songz, 'Nobody's Perfect' ft Missy Elliot or 'Work Out'. And I know people just wanna see what kind of craziness is going to come out of Kanye's mouth, and Yeezus doesn't disappoint. I also don't understand it. In a recent interview with Rolling Stones where he said, "It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times," in reference to the T.Swift debacle back in the day. He also mentioned how this album has a very "house" vibe to it, and it kind of does. These are not lyrics you take to heart, but you just go, "what the hell is going through this man's head?" I don't think we'll ever know... His album has been getting rave reviews though, mainly for doing something different.
Like I mentioned earlier, these albums are very different. Cole's album is clearly him trying to prove himself as a solid rapper who can write good music. Kanye's lyrics are very minimal, but interesting. As Cole is really telling stories. Born Sinner is more of a quiet album, but the lyrics are solid. Loved the two he put out ahead of time, Power Trip ft Miguel and Crooked Smile ft TLC. The song he wrote for Nas, his idol, is just too good. Apparently, Nas was into J.Cole's music, but was disappointed in something he put out, and it really hit Cole. The song, 'Let Nas Down' goes in to depth on all that. Overall, I enjoyed his album more, then again I may be bias towards him. I've loved pretty much everything he's released. And I just don't understand Kanye. Maybe I just have to listen to it some more....
Hollywood was struck with the tragic death of actor Paul Walker on Saturday, who was best known for his leading role in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Paul died in a tragic car accident in Santa Clarita, California after he and a friend slammed into a light pole while driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. He was 40-years-old.
Take a look back at Paul's career. HOLLYWIRE