J. Cole: BEST Verses


Hey guys, CDTVProductions here, and let’s
just start this one by saying RIP to Jimmy Cole. Smokepurpp absolutely murdered him with an
ether level diss yesterday, so it’s only right we pay respects. Now Johnathan Cole is a rapper that I do enjoy
quite a lot, and this was a bit of a difficult list to compile as he’s laid down his fair
share of strong verses. To make it a little easier, I’ve excluded
guest verses and features from this video, as I could make a whole other video talking
about those. But yeah, I’ve managed to come up with a
list of my personal favourite verses from the man known as Jackie Cole. So with that being said guys, this is CDTVProductions,
and let’s get right into this video. 1985 (Verse 1): Why not start with something off of Cole’s
newest album, KOD. This song was one verse long, and served partially
as a diss track, but more so an advice track to a particular rapper, but could also be
seen as just talking about new age trap rappers in general. I think one of the greatest things about this
verse is that it started up so much discussion. One of the hottest talking points from the
KOD album was “who is Jackson Cole targeting on 1985?”, and obviously the most likely
main target of the song is Lil Pump, but a lot of these lyrics could apply to numerous
SoundCloud rappers. It contained some solid casual insults at
these rappers, gave them advice that they really should take, and on top of all that,
this really was a conversation starter. Fire Squad (Verse 3): Now let’s take it back to another track
where Cole called out some rappers. Now Cole has made it clear that this verse
isn’t really a diss either, but is more just his perspective on the state of hip hop
and what’s going on
in it. He pretty much covers the topic of white people
getting more and more involved with hip hop music, and actually having an advantage because
they are white, naming popular rappers like Eminem, Macklemore and Iggy Azalea getting
involved with the culture, and winning awards they might not necessarily deserve. It’s just a very raw verse, whilst still
being a little light hearted, and it’s probably the hardest set of bars on 2014 Forest Hills
Drive. False Prophets (Verse 1): I think you might be seeing a bit of a pattern
here. Whenever Cole offers his observations on rappers
or superstardom, it typically makes for a good verse. It’s assumed that this verse mainly talks
about Kanye West, as it talks about a rapper who has so much pressure on them due to the
fact that everyone is always watching him. He talks about how being a star has let his
ego grow out of control, and says it’s something that could eventually bring around his downfall,
with Cole begging him to stop before he has a breakdown. And at its heart, it’s really about the
disappointment when you idolise these people only to find out they really aren’t that
invincible. Let Nas Down (Verse 2): And now let’s talk about one that is aimed
directly at another rapper, but definitely isn’t anything even resembling a diss track. The story behind the song is that Nas was
disappointed in Jason Cole when he heard his radio single, Work Out. Nas felt that Cole was straying away from
his lyrical roots, and Cole being a massive fan of Nas felt quite hurt when he heard this. So this song is a message to Nas from Cole. In this second verse, he explains to Nas why
he made the song, saying that he wasn’t sacrificing his lyricism or going pop or anything
like that, it was just that his label needed a single to promote his album, and Cole could
use a big single that doesn’t really have a deep meaning to draw listeners to his album,
where the true deep meaning lies. He even brings up the fact that Nas himself
made a radio hit that got bashed quite a lot for following radio trends. This story has a really happy ending though,
as Nas remixed this song, and titled it “Made Nas Proud”. BRACKETS (Verse 2): I feel a lot of people can agree with me when
I say this was the strongest verse on the KOD album. Here, Cole tackles the issues that come with
paying his taxes, specifically questioning why he can’t choose where that money goes. It’s incredibly well laid out in my opinion,
and I agree with the sentiment. To some degree, we should be able to choose
what kind of area our tax money goes to. He really hits this home at the end of the
verse with a story of how tax money can essentially come full circle to funding murder in poor
neighbourhoods. Obviously I can’t cover every single detail
he hits in the verse here, but I think it’s an incredibly powerful one and it’s one
that’s gonna connect with a lot of people due to its subject matter. ‘03 Adolescence (Verse 2): ‘03 Adolescence might just be my favourite
Julian Cole song on Forest Hills Drive, as it’s one of the most powerful and almost
cinematic in a way. In this verse, Cole talks about his life when
he was 18 years old and just dreaming to get rich fast. He talks about how during school he was really
focussed on his education and did pretty damn well for himself, but he still associated
with people who were selling drugs to get by. Later in the verse, Cole goes to the house
of one of his drug dealing friends, and there they relax and just kinda talk about their
lives. Then Cole, with his desire to get rich, tells
his friend that he wants to get in the drug dealing game, a suggestion which is immediately
shot down by Cole’s friend. His friend lectures him, giving him a powerful
speech, telling Cole that he’s intelligent and that the drug dealing game isn’t gonna
get him as far as his mind will. His friend explains why he sells drugs, it’s
not something he wants to do, but his situation has almost forced him to provide for himself
because his mother doesn’t care about him. Cole realises from this that he’s actually
blessed to be in the stable situation that he’s in, and if he didn’t have this conversation
or if this friend showed Cole how to get involved in the drug game, his life could have went
in a very different direction. 4 Your Eyez Only (Verse 4): Now whilst I mostly disliked the 4 Your Eyez
Only album, I did like the story behind it, and the entirety of this track basically explains
the story. It’s really hit home in this final verse,
where Cole tells us that this whole album wasn’t actually from his perspective and
was not his story, but is actually from the point of view of James, a friend of Cole that
died when he was 22. In this verse, it is revealed that the whole
album is basically Cole narrating the story of Jame’s life to his daughter, which is
what James requested of Cole. He requested this because he could sense his
death coming, and he wanted his daughter to know that he loved her. So Cole followed through, and made this album
to tell James’ daughter about who her father was. It’s for her eyes only, revealing what the
album title means. I wish I found this album less dull so I could
repeatedly listen to it, because I do love the story, but nonetheless it doesn’t take
away from how great this verse is. (Outro)

100 thoughts on “J. Cole: BEST Verses

  1. My nigga is the greatest rapper of all time and his name is jermane Cole born January 28 put some respect on his name y’all rocking wit a nigga named lil pump y’all stupid

  2. If you don’t have grown simba then it’s an L that’s arguably one of the best and most underrated rap songs ever

  3. You are very stupid… I could tell from your verse selection that you don't know j cole. And you're disrespectful.

  4. You kind of missed a lot of his beautiful philosophical lines like: "I believe if god is real he'd never judge a man, because he knows us all and therefore he would understand, the ignorance to make a n*gga take his brother's life, the bitterness and pain that got him beating on his wife"
    Or
    "I'm no longer with you, in the physical. Not even sure if I believe in god, but because you're still alive He got me praying that the spiritual is real, so I can be a part of you still."
    These are powerful and meaningful lines and they actually made me think a lot about life.

  5. JERMAINE Cole.. He says it in his songs. G.O.M.D. He says I wanna go back to Jermaime and I don't tell nobody

  6. My list of best songs from every Cole project:

    The Come Up: Dollar and a Dream
    The Warm Up: Grown Simba
    Friday Night Lights: 2Face
    Cole World: Who Dat
    Born Sinner: Rich Niggaz
    2014 FHD: 03 Adolescence
    4YEO: 4YEO
    KOD: Once An Addict

  7. What about “Caged Bird” “Can’t knock the Hustle” “Sideline Story”?? There’s many more that can be put above most of these and a whole separate video for his mixtape verses.

  8. J Cole is terabel. his lyrics are petty trivia a gossip column some of his lyrics are contradictory considering he's half white.he is politically biased with a afrocentric point of view which lacks the bigger picture. He's lyrical ability
    Lacks original point of view wordplay & metaphors double entendre. He's song's are not artistically pushing any boundaries he is a average rapper and a bad artist.

  9. All y'all stupid his name Jermaine, thats his legit name. The fact all yall saying his name wrong shows who bandwagonin

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