Man J Cole might be that dude……
J. Cole is a true artist. I mean just go check his video “Micheal” (a mashup from the show The Wire) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F3wIzlUk3o . J. Cole is a modern day griot, he’s where Kanye used to be and where Kool Ace was. He told a story to beats. The stories have structure and the stories go somewhere. In a day where rapper’s bars are no more than twitter phrases strung together, it’s nice to hear someone who really put structure in his work.
“Crooked Smile” is no exception (I mean the video went nowhere where any of us would have thought it would go. The music went one place but the video went somewhere else and both were just as impactive. I mean this guy just might be that dude.
Hip Hop has always had generation definers. From The SugarHill Gang to Salt N Pepa to Tupac to Solja Boy. Different people came along to set the tone of what their generation’s idea of what hip hop should be delivering to fans in their perspective.
J. Cole not only does this but he also stays true to making sure hip hop continues to be a medium for his generation to stay informed on issue that they should be aware of, as with the case of “Crooked Smile” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzzMOMkjm8A .
Check out J.Cole’s new issue check for his fan. Man as long as J. Cole’s around, hip hop will be just fine.
I’m ReggieRedd and this was RealTalk…..