I was just listening to his first mixtape called The Come Up and this was recorded back in ’07 around the same time as when it dropped. Yep, you could even tell back then that he was going to be good even though he clearly has progressed since this time. J. Cole also tore down SOBs a couple nights ago by many accounts I heard and I have to say I’m sorry I missed that performance. Being able to rock the stage is a department where many artists are lacking and a truly great hip-hop performance is rare and it sounded like it was one of those “right place, right time” kind of moments where everything came together at once. I’ll have to hit his next show up when he is back in NYC although even though I know it will be hard to recreate the same atmosphere. Go back and listen to The Come Up and The Warm Up again to reacquaint yourself with his skills.
Download: J. Cole – “Sky Boy” (Unreleased)