December 9, 2014
2014 Forest Hills Drive turns 5 today and in honor lets celebrate its place on my albums of the decade list.
Every time I listen to 2014 Forest Hills Drive a wave of nostalgia sets in for me. My mind goes to the memories that I associate with this album. For example, after seeing Cole live in Philly during the Made In America Music Festival in 2015 I can never hear “A Tale of 2 Citiez” the same way. It’s like the crowd was one and completely exploded in unison when the beat dropped and we all threw our hands up and screamed “hands in the air now”, by far one of the best live shows of my life.
Or what about the first time we all heard “Wet Dreamz” and how it started trending on twitter because every guy began to reminisce on losing his virginity. Also, what about when you first heard, “first of all rest in peace Uncle Phil”? You’d be a liar if you said the quick moment of silence wasn’t an emotional one, and then there’s “Love Yourz” and how it had us all saying, “maybe my life isn’t as bad as I think it is”.
J. Cole has a way of making not so new concepts, new, but that’s a part of his charm, right? He takes old themes like adolescent woes, virginity, gratitude, and shallow individuals, shines them up real nice and delivers everything in a brand new package. He’s managed to do that from day one, but it’s something about 2014 Forest Hills Drive that goes beyond. I guess it’s just relatable man!

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