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A Tale of Two Rappers

There has been talk about a possible collaborative album between J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Two weeks ago they released a freestyle collaboration called “Black Friday.”



Kendrick freestyle’s over J. Cole’s  “Tale of Two Citiez” beat with the ferocity that has made him more than a formidable rapper in Hip Hop. Not that Kendrick could help but come hard on that beat which samples “Blocka” by Pusha T and “Bring Em Out” by T.I. Kednrick’s flow is impeccable and he rides the dark beat for all it’s worth. His freestyle is in line with traditional freestyle form with little formal structure and just a steady rhyme of lines until he decides to stop.  

J. Cole freestyle’s over Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” which was co-produced by Pharrell Williams. This beat isn’t as dark as Tale of Two Citiez” and Kendrick’s original lyrics made even less so; however, J. Cole brings his dark delivery that coated the 2014 Forest Hills Drive album. J. Cole’s spit seems more formatted and thoughtful, which – depending on what you go for in a freestyle – can be seen as good or bad. But there is no denying that the flow and content was on point.

J. Cole’s remix alludes to a possible February release for the album. Meaning that the album is either in the works or already completed. While this duo of freestyles doesn’t necessarily give much insight into what the 2 will produce together, it does show where these 2 are creatively at this time (while they are most likely beginning to produce  for the album). Both are versatile artists who keep their fans on their toes with the way they can switch things up by traveling the spectrum of their creative range. They both seem to be in a good space and I have no doubt that what they put out there will be a more than worthwhile addition 2 both of their canons and the Hip Hop community.


I’m not sayin; I’m just sayin,


An Angry Black Man

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