2014 Forest Hills Drive este cel de-al 3-lea album al lui J Cole și a fost lansat în data de 9 decembrie 2014, prin Dreamville Records, Roc Nation & Columbia Records.
2014 Forest Hills Drive is the third studio album by American hip hop recording artist J. Cole, released on December 9, 2014, under Dreamville, Roc Nation and Columbia Records.The album was mainly produced by Cole himself, along with others such as Mark Pitts, Illmind, Cardiak, Vinylz and Willie B. The album was supported by two singles, "Apparently" and "G.O.M.D.". The album debuted at number one on Billboard 200, selling 375,000 copies in its first week of release. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit number one on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums. He follows Drake , Rick Ross, DMX , Nelly and Snoop Dogg.The album pays particular attention to Cole's individual pursuit of self contentment and happiness, from his youth in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to the bright lights of Hollywood. Delineating his early lust for women, money and a sense of status, 2014 Forest Hills Drive goes on to address the by-products of this, offering an incisive critique of the music industry at large as he begins to see the reality of his new found success. The album urges listeners to find value in the intangibles that Cole feels are often overlooked - family, friendship and love.
The title of the album is the address of J. Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he grew up with his mom, brother, and stepfather. Shortly after graduating high school in 2003, the home was foreclosed while J. Cole attended St. John's University in New York City. In 2014, the rapper re-bought the house, marking Cole's first home purchase.
Recording and production
Most of the production of this album came from J. Cole. Guest producers include Elite, who also contributed on Cole's previous projects, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights, and Born Sinner, Dreamville's in-house producer, Ron Gilmore, DJ Dahi, Illmind, Cardiak, CritaCal, Vinylz, Organized Noize, and Jproof.
Release and promotion
On November 16, 2014, J. Cole released a video trailer where he announced he would be releasing his third album, titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive, on December 9. The video also featured footage regarding the making-of the album. Additionally, the album's name sake was revealed to be the address of Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
On December 9, 2014, the songs "Apparently" and "G.O.M.D.", were serviced to American mainstream urban radio, as the album's first and second single, respectively.Cole would also go on to release the music video for "Apparently", on December 9.
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2014 Forest Hills Drive received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 68, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 15 reviews. Erin Lowers of Exclaim! said, "J. Cole's determined to make music that matters to him. He shines without any features, standing strong in his delivery and carrying his story to the forefront of the 13-track project. While it may not be his Late Registration, he has definitely graduated into a class of his own." Andre Grant of HipHopDX stated, "There are many things that can be said bout J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It is ambitious and hokey and simplistic. It tries its hand at twists and comes up short ("Wet Dreamz"), and it sticks to Cole's strategy instead of changing it drastically. It is less artistic than it means to be, but it is truer than anything he's ever made. Its narrative, the tropes, and the strategies are completely overcome by the album's terrifying integrity. It is immensely relatable because it is not afraid to be corny and cliché." Craig Jenkins of Pitchfork Media said, "2014 Forest Hills Drive is a decent album selling itself as great. It wraps itself in the garments of a classic, but you can see that the tailoring is off." Kellan Miller of XXL stated, "Hip-hop fans can be some of the most difficult to satisfy, and while there is no atrocious songs on 2014 Forest Hills Drive, this album reinforces the faith that Cole is a superstar. With every quality drop from the self-proclaimed “God,” his ceiling will continue to grow and so will fan expectations. On the finale track, “Note To Self,” Cole gives a long-winded thank you session against the sound of merry horns: “Everything happened too perfectly and in line.” J. Cole is righfully satisfied with the end product, as will the fans."
Jessica Goodman and Ryan Kistobak of The Huffington Post included the album on their list of the year's best releases, noting that "The album's content is often far from innocent" and that "While the album still feels short of such stature, it sets the pace for its inevitable rise." Associated Press named it the second best album of 2014 stating, "The insanely talented rapper captures so much on his third album, tackling various topics from losing his virginity to growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina to contemporary rappers, who should take note. His rhymes are smart, and he is a powerful storyteller that, at times, echoes rap king Nas." The album was also ranked the 4th best album of 2014 by Complex.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling a total of 371,000 copies consisting of 354,000 purely sold and 17,000 streamed copies, marking the best first week sales of his career. It surpasses first week sales of his second album Born Sinner, by 74,000 copies (297,000 copies). In addition to the album's sales toppling early projections by over 100,000 copies, 2014 Forest Hills Drive also broke the record for most album streams on Spotify, being streamed over 15.7 million times in its first week. The previous record holder was One Direction with 11.5 million streams. In its second week the album dropped to number four on the chart, selling 135,000 consisting of 119,000 sold and 16,000 streamed copies, bringing its total two-week activity to 506,000 copies. After the two week sale period, the album was certified gold - for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States.
|1.||"Intro"||Jermaine Cole||J. Cole||2:09|
|2.||"January 28th"||Cole, Y. Arai, Kaye Murai||J. Cole, Nick Paradise**, Dre Charles** & Team Titans**||4:02|
|3.||"Wet Dreamz"||Cole, C. Simmons, R. Hammond||J. Cole||3:59|
|4.||"03' Adolescence"||Cole, Willie Brown, J. Burke, J. Van Heusen||Willie B||4:24|
|5.||"A Tale of 2 Citiez"||Cole, Anderson Hernandez||Vinylz||4:29|
|6.||"Fire Squad"||Cole, M. Farner||J. Cole, Vinylz**||4:48|
|7.||"St. Tropez"||Cole, M. Small, A. Fischer, W. Giffin III, J. Carthorn, D Hollis, D. Williams, D. Williams, D. Wolinski, W. Irvine||J. Cole||4:17|
|8.||"G.O.M.D."||Cole, D. Andrews, D. Holmes, E. Jackson, J. Smith||J. Cole||5:01|
|9.||"No Role Modelz"||Cole, Darius Barnes, M. Whitemon, Paul Beauregard, Jordan Houston, T. Stevens, Earl Stevens, D. Stevens, B. Jones||Phonix Beats, J. Cole**||4:52|
|10.||"Hello"||Cole||J. Cole, Pop Wansel*, Jproof*||3:39|
|11.||"Apparently"||Cole, F. Trecca, Jay Rich||J. Cole||4:53|
|12.||"Love Yourz"||Cole, Ramon Ibanga, Jr., Carl McCormick, Calvin Price||!llmind, Cardiak**, CritaCal**||3:31|
|13.||"Note to Self"||Cole, Ronald Gilmore||J. Cole||14:35|
• (*) designates co-producer • (**) designates additional production
- Sample credits
- "January 28th" samples "Sky Restaurant" by Hi-Fi Set.
- "Wet Dreamz" samples "Mariya" by Family Circle and "Impeach the President" by The Honey Drippers.
- "03' Adolescence" interpolates "Runnin'" by 2Pac & The Notorious B.I.G. and "Here's That Rainy Day" by Sonita Rosa.
- "A Tale of 2 Citiez" samples "Blocka" by Pusha T and "Bring 'em Out" by T.I..
- "Fire Squad" samples "Midnight Theme" by Manzel and "Long Red" by Mountain.
- "St. Tropez" samples "That's All Right With Me" by Esther Phillips and interpolates "Hollywood" by Rufus & Chaka Khan.
- "G.O.M.D." interpolates "Get Low" by Lil Jon and samples "Berta, Berta" by Branford Marsalis.
- "No Role Modelz" samples "Don't Save Her" by Project Pat.
- "Apparently" samples "La Morte Dell'ermina" by Filippo Trecca.
- "Love Yourz" samples "Long Red" by Mountain.
- Jermaine Cole – primary artist, producer
- Mark Pitts – executive producer
- Ramon Ibanga Jr. – producer
- Anderson Hernandez – producer
- William "Willie B" Brown – producer
- Pop Wansel – producer
- Darius Barnes – producer
- Omen – producer
- Ronald Gilmore – bass, keyboards
- Jproof – producer
- Nate Jones – bass
- David Linaburg – guitar
- Nate Alford – engineer
- Travis Antoine – trumpet
- Anthony Blasko – photography
- Felton Brown – art direction, graphic design
- Johnny Burke – composer
- James Casey – saxophone
- Chargaux – strings
- Jeremy Cimino – assistant engineer
- Damone Coleman – sampling
- Jero "Mez" Davis – engineer, mixing
- T.S Rose Desandies – vocals (background)
- DJ Dahi – beats
- Dreamville – executive producer
- Kaye Fox – vocals (background)
- Julius Garcia – A&R coordination
- Ibrahim Hamad – A&R
- James Van Heusen – composer
- Jeff Gitelman – guitar
- Mwango "MK" Kasote – A&R
- Justin Thomas Kay – art direction, graphic design
- Sean Kellett – assistant engineer
- Raphael Lee – string engineer
- Nuno Malo – strings
- Jack Mason – horn engineer
- Camille Mathews – product manager
- Carl McCormick – composer, instrumentation
- Nervous Reck – sampling
- Nelly Ortiz – product manager
- April Pope – product manager
- Calvin Price – composer, instrumentation
- Yolanda Renee – vocals (background)
- Roc Nation – executive producer
- James Rodgers – trombone (bass)
- Adam Rodney – creative director
- Team Titans – additional production
- Andre Thomas – additional production
- Timothy "Nick Paradise" Thomas – additional production