The real is back, the ‘ville is back! J. Cole dropped his single Lewis Street, which consists of two tracks: ‘Lion King On Ice’ and ‘The Climb Back.’ Each of them talks about his true intentions behind his music and his motives for doing what he does.
It’s been over a month since the drop of his previous single ‘Snow On Tha Bluff,’ which was in response to the issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter Movement and the effective use of your platform to educate others. Now, J. Cole has dropped two new tracks tonight and has revealed that they will both be featured on his upcoming album The Fall Off.
‘Lion King On Ice’
‘Lion King On Ice,’ more specifically, talks about the responsibility he feels that he holds and goals he still strives to reach. Whether it be to build his empire (Dreamville Records) and put it on the map, to help out his family with his success, or simply prove his haters wrong, Cole makes it loud and clear that he has a lot planned; He isn’t going anywhere until his work is done.
He ultimately compares it to The Lion King, more specifically to the evolution of Simba; he knew growing up that one day he’d have to hold the responsibility of being king, and once his father dies, it is his duty to take his throne back from Scarr and to look after his family and the pride lands.
The same can apply to Cole in terms of the rap industry and his family.
“I got Blood on my hands, I ain’t gon’ lie
I got mud on my shoes, I ain’t gon’ lie
I got real real big plans I ain’t gon’ lie
Gotta whole to prove I ain’t gon’ lie“
J. Cole, ‘Lion King On Ice’
‘The Climb Back’
Similarly to the message in ‘Lion King On Ice,’ he also leaves us speechless with ‘The Climb Back.’ We can already determine the message he wants to across just by the intro, which is an audio of a man asking,
“Are you doing this to facilitate growth or to become famous?
Which is more important: getting or letting go?“
J. Cole, ‘The Climb Back’
In this track, Cole talks about a few things; the ultimate tone in this track is that he’s the realest one in the game; there are people out there who may either talk behind his back or use him for success, and it’s a reminder that he’s the only one he has at the end of it all.
He doesn’t really care about the diamonds other rappers may wear on their wrist, or the clout other rappers might hold more of. He really distinguishes himself from other artists, and you can mostly hear this within the first verse.
So, what do you think?
We been knew that Cole is known as one of the most socially-conscious, humble rappers out of the group, and you can truly hear that through almost all of his music. You can hear plenty of his clever wordplay and smooth flow throughout, and that’s something that makes Cole unbeatable.
Although he did not release a date for The Fall Off because he wanted to take his time to finish. We can’t blame him; good music has to bake until it’s done, am I right?
In the meantime, you can stream Lewis Street on all platforms HERE
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