There is nothing that beats a well recorded live album, with the crowd just creating an atmosphere that sorta takes you to the gig itself (power of the ... mind...if only).
Elevate the stakes a bit, make than a hip hop act, who decides to do things the live route. Boom, the whole thing just explodes into a crazy scenario.
That's exactly what J Cole has done with his "Forest Hills Dive" Live release. A ROCNATION production, this be the one remarkable experience worthy its weight in gold.
"Do you wanna, do you wanna be ...happy. Do you wanna, do you wanna be ...free?" he rocks on the intro that drives the audience crazy. "January 28th" proves to be exactly the right track to get the audience warmed up.
"A few months back I dropped this album. It's called "2014 Forest Hill Drive ". They trying say it was the first album in 25 years to go platinum without no f**ing features and sh***t. They said that, they said that, I aint said that. But since they said that... if it's cool with U all, and only if it's cool with you all, I am trying to perform the whole fu***ing album for U all, if that's cool with U."
"...but you all know this whole album is a journey. So before we go too far in there fu***ng journey, I wanna press rewind and take you to a time when I was a young boy."
He then gets it on by taking the audience back with "Wet dreams", when "I was trying to get my piece of pu***y. He goes wild on the track that earned him hordes of fan.
J Cole is on fire and relentless, as he spits crazy lines on "03' Adolescence", before relating "Tale of two cities" that is about moving away from that place that ain't cool to live in and with no chance of progress in life. "I saw that everybody I had ever known had always been right here in the same spot, and I told myself I got to get the f***ck outa here " with the crowd going wild.
Feel him as he tears it all apart on "Fire squad" that goes wild with the DJ Dummy scratches, getting the audience to "put the hands in the air" on the beautifully introduced and tightly layered "St Tropez". Check out the guitar riff half way through the song, before calling it down and chatting to the audience about what it means to be back home, where he recorded the album, and what the song is about, to people who would understand what it was like "being from a small town" and the dreams that call with that, as far as moving on up, and the "mentality that comes with that".
"This sh**t been a long journey. It was not always like this, there was not always this many people, I am gonna take you to a time way before we had... The only thing we had, was classic sh**t like thing, and lets it lose with the Intermission including "Lights please", "In the morning", and crowd losing it as he delves into the bouncey "Nobody's perfect". ...guess U doing the same now, as the responsive crowd carries him through.
It all gets crazy on "G O M D", with that driving dry snare and Cole "I have to warm up, DJ Dummy warming up". "U wanna notice where I am at, I put this city on the map, they trying to say I can't come back,..." and so it goes.
"No role modelz" that takes audiences to Hollywood and what happens there, the reminiscent and introspective "Helo", with the sizzling super hit "Apparently" still hitting it hard. He then locks it down with "Love yourz" that he planned to clarify what the album was about, and for folk to dream big and start to see the world with their "own eyes".Relating how a guy who got billions, and folks coming from worse conditions being happy. "...Why do you think that is"? ...The track seeks to give answers to that. Just listen again.
Wooh, ...its on! Review by Mandla Motau