Is J. Cole Retiring?
I just received the most heart-breaking news I’ve gotten in awhile. One of my favorite artists and arguably one of Hip-Hop’s most influential rappers of the new school, J. Cole, made a huge announcement at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival.
J. Cole told fans that this would be his last show “for a very long time”. While this could mean a variety of different things, me as fan, immediately went into a dark place. I grabbed all of my old Cole mixtapes and albums, and proceeded to rock out from “Lights Please” to “Dead Presidents”, to "No Role Modelz", the list goes on.
J. Cole has changed the way we listen to music, almost creating a visual through songs with his last album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It’s that feeling of reminiscing, like you were there as it unfolded. Especially on track 3, "Wet Dreamz". We’ve all been at the “first time” crossroad. Did you handle it differently? Did you pretend to be more experienced than you were? I did.
I’ve been to a few concerts in my lifetime, but J. Cole selling out and performing at Madison Square Garden was the best concert I have ever been to and experienced in my entire life. I am signed up to J. Cole’s Dreammvillain.net site, so I was able to order my tickets before they were released to the public.
I sat with my brother Jared in the lower 100 section of MSG; the music allowed us a bonding experience we’ve never previously had the opportunity to enjoy. This was old school performing with a new school twist. I mean, he did his album from beginning to end! That is unheard of in today’s entertainment world.
He has all the talent but not quite the commercial appeal of Drake or Kendrick. Cole's “thoughts of retirement” might be a reality or maybe we are all just overreacting and jumping the gun.
This could always mean that he is just working on a new album and needs this time to find his zen and offer us another gem like 2014 Forest Hills Drive. You can’t help but wonder as a fan, that this is a little trying. J. Cole, we need you, Hip-Hop needs you. Retirement is not an option, your fans will bring you back.
Cole announcing his "last show for a very long time" is huge, almost monumental from a Hip-Hop landscape point of view. Where else can we go to get our self-righteous, uplifting love affair over eclectic beats? Cole is our generation's Nas! It’s a bold statement, but you can challenge it if you don’t agree. We just hope you haven’t lost the love, Cole.