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J. Cole’s “Middle Child” tells a lyrical story

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“Middle Child” is the newest hype single has just been released on January 23rd, 2019. This single is made by no other than the man who went platinum without features, Jermaine (J) Cole. Cole has always made hit songs like it is one of the easiest thing possible. He debuted his first album The Warm Up in early 2011, this album is considered a mixtape of some of his songs but it is seen as an album in this genre’s community. Cole was first signed to Roc Nation in 2009 after Jay Z heard his song “Lights Please” but, Cole really showed up on the maps in 2014 with his album Forest Hills Drive. This album contained hit singles such as “Apparently”, “Wet Dreamz”, “No Role Modelz”, and “Love Yourz”.

“When his album K.O.D dropped, that thing broke records. I mean it is J. Cole, so what do you expect?” said Sultana High School sophomore, Rachel Johnson.

Cole is a common name now in the hip-hop community with his songs always breaking new barriers. His song “1985” sparked controversy when he addressed rapper, Lil Pump. Cole goes on for 3 minutes and 10 seconds telling Lil Pump to rethink some of his decisions concerning his money and irrational spending.

A good example would be a couple of lines such as, “I must say, by your songs I’m unimpressed”, “Congrats ‘cause you made it out your mama’s house I hope you make enough to buy your mom a house”, and “You gotta give a boy a chance to grow some”, the lyrics come from Cole’s song “1985”.

Cole is known for having lyrics that tell stories of their own.

When he says “You gotta give a boy a chance to grow”, he means that Pump does not understand today’s rap game as well as him, and how Pump is actually really young, as he is only 18 years old. This concerns Cole because he does not want to see a person with such raw talent burn out too soon.

J. Cole’s song “Middle Child” is a 3 minute and 33 second beat filled, inspiring, and fulfilling, rant on the problems of today’s rap game. He expresses how rappers are collaborating with sneaker brands and selling out their names while he goes on tour and earns his money with his music. Before Cole released “Middle Child”, he took to instagram to tease his release. He posted pictures that only contained a few words, “I’m counting my bullets.”, “I’m loading my clips.”, “I’m writing down names.”, “I’m making a list.”, this was hyping everyone up. He was posting them one by one in 20 minute intervals. He also ws deleting them within 2-5 minutes.

“Middle Child has got to be one of my favorite songs. This slaps for real for real,” said OHHS Senior, Anthony Valencia.

The hype that Cole was able to maintain in just two days and then getting so many streams upon release goes to show his point. He says in his new song, “I ain’t do no promos, still made all that noise” meaning he does not need to use ads or videos to show off his new music. All he has to do is post one picture and it still does better than most people.

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