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  • 2014 Forest Hills Drive 2014 Forest Hills Drive Quick View

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    2014 Forest Hills Drive

    J. Cole, the Grammy nominated and platinum selling rapper, has released details on his third full length LP 2014 Forest Hills Drive via Roc Nation / Columbia. The album name is derived from the address of his actual childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The project is a meditation on the value of love relative to worldly success. The 2014 Forest Hills Drive house marked a change for a young Cole and it spawned his path in rap. With an elevated sense of domestic pride (from trailer park to tree-lined street) to actually having privacy for the first time (his own room) this proved an instrumental time and the story flourishes from there. The house, eventually foreclosed on when Cole was still too young to help, was recently purchased back by him this past fall (his first property purchase) and he promptly invited fans to come and listen to the album at the end of November before anyone (including his label and press.)


    J. Cole chose to forgo a traditional industry album rollout in order to have it be a more personal experience for his fans. He wanted the album to be ingested as a whole. He wanted to limit pre-album hype and context. There were no singles released leading up to release and no early promotion to garner press. He wanted it to be pure for fans and he wanted the tale to be heard by them first and the perception to be personal and theirs alone.

    LP 1
    1. Intro
    2. January 28th
    3. Wet Dreamz
    4. 03' Adolescence
    5. A Tale of 2 Citiez
    6. Fire Squad
    7. St. Tropez


    LP 2
    1. G.O.M.D.
    2. No Role Modelz
    3. Hello
    4. Apparently
    5. Love Yourz
    6. Note to Self

    J. Cole
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  • A Forest of Arms A Forest of Arms Quick View

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    A Forest of Arms

    A Forest Of Arms is the new album from Tony Dekker's Great Lake Swimmers and the follow up to 2012's
    New Wild Everywhere. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, and flourishing banjo and guitars, Dekker
    and band mates have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs ever recorded.
    Those familiar with the decade-long output of Great Lake Swimmers will recognize the thematic threads of
    beauty in the natural world, environmental issues and explorations of close personal ties that hold us together. The
    familiar versus the strange theme is also running through this record, both in the instrumentation and in the
    songwriting ("Zero In The City", "I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay").
    As with past Great Lake Swimmers albums, A Forest Of Arms was recorded in several locations over the span of
    several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group's refined sound. One of the
    unique and unusual locations was Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Tyendinaga, Ontario, where a number of the
    vocal and acoustic guitar tracks, including the main parts for "Don't Leave Me Hanging," "The Great Bear" and
    "With Every Departure," were recorded amid haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats.
    The violins were recorded at the Heliconian Club of Toronto, while the bass and drum tracks were largely recorded
    at the Chalet Studio just outside of Toronto, a unique chalet-style recording space located on 40 acres of rolling hills
    and trails, in proximity to the shores of Lake Ontario. The pastoral and elemental nature of these spaces surfaces
    throughout the album.
    The title, A Forest Of Arms, is taken from album track "The Great Bear," a song inspired by a trip Dekker took to the
    northern rainforests of British Columbia in September 2013 with the World Wildlife Fund. It's a pristine wilderness
    area that is under threat of being compromised by the construction of a pipeline, and Dekker and the group
    have been very vocal in their opposition to it. In a broader sense, the title is also a reference to the sense
    of community surrounding the Toronto-based band, as well as the band's own growing families, exhibited in
    the songs "Something Like A Storm" and "Expecting You.
    1. Something Like A Storm
    2. Zero In The City
    3. Shaking All Over
    4. Don't Leave Me Hanging
    5. One More Charge At The Red Cape
    6. I Was A Wayward Pastel Bay
    7. A Bird Flew Inside The House
    8. A Jukebox In A Desert Of Snow
    9. I Must Have Someone Else's Blues
    10. The Great Bear
    11. With Every Departure
    12. Expecting You
    Great Lake Swimmers
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  • 4 Your Eyez Only 4 Your Eyez Only Quick View

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    4 Your Eyez Only

    J. Cole's fourth album arrived exactly two years after 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Told in the first person, most of its tracks trace the life trajectory of Cole's slain friend, as someone who dealt drugs, changed course after falling in love, and died at the age of 22. Cole also draws from some aspects of his own life. One track regards an unjustified SWAT raid on a house he rented for recording, leaving him feeling targeted, Even when the president jam your tape. There's a moment of levity and sweetness throughout Foldin Clothes, where Cole enthusiastically handles some domestic duties, while the two parts of She's Mine regard, respectively, his wife and daughter.


    Most moving and forthright is the closing title track, nine minutes of grimly focused reflections from multiple vantage points. Cole's predominant scarred yet resolute feeling, perfectly conveyed in his downward, furrowed gaze in the album's promotional images, is likewise reflected with the productions. Mostly slow and nuanced, cooked up with a crew of well over a dozen co-producers, they involve instrumental help from the likes of trumpeter Theo Croker, guitarist Steve Lacy of the Internet, and keyboardist Masayuki Hirano.


    -Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)

    1. For Whom The Bell Tolls
    2. Immortal
    3. Deja Vu
    4. Ville Mentality
    5. She's Mine Pt. 1
    6. Change
    7. Neighbors
    8. Foldin Clothes
    9. She's Mine Pt. 2
    10. 4 Your Eyez Only
    J. Cole
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