The Novice Niche: J. Cole’s Surprise Single

Story by Ashleigh Fields, Online Editor-In-Chief

A few nights ago, I was among the millions glued to their phone. Constant switching between social media and gaming apps began to bore me until I saw a link to J. Cole’s new single on Twitter.

The fuzzy dark grey cover sparked an abrupt surreal atmosphere which encompasses the song. The song title reads in all caps and brings a heavy sense of questionable excitement to listeners.

The intro starts low in volume but increases as horns continue to give off stimulating vibes.

You can feel the tension rising from months of silence from Cole. He begins to attack each verse with more metaphors and entendres than the last. As a listener you can definitely feel that he is rapping as if he has something to prove.

The song produced by T-Minus is entitled, “MIDDLE CHILD” and is centered around a theme of competition. Cole briefly touches on relationships with his competitors including Drake, Kodak Black and 21 Savage.

Although the song is an amazing representation of his talent it differs thoroughly from his past works. His most recent album KOD, served as an introduction to what people are branding as the new Cole. Horns, trumpets, and fast tempo beats that are found on mainstream radio hits have apparently fought their way into Cole’s heart. With comments complaining about his melancholy and slow rhythm on his album before “KOD”, “4 Your Eyez Only” seems to be what may have motivated him to make the change. Either way fans are eager to hear more and hope this artist will continue making it a Cole World.

Courtesy of Stereogum