When it comes to hip-hop, there are few artists as respected and revered as J. Cole. His songs have been featured on just about every mixtape or radio station in the last decade.
J Cole is known for his deep lyrics, his personal storytelling and is one of the best rappers in hip-hop today. But which of his tracks are the best? Below is a list of the 10 greatest songs that J Cole has ever recorded.
1. “No Role Modelz”
“No Role Modelz” is one of many J. Cole songs that are best described as bangers, with a prominent place on his 2014 album “Forest Hills Drive.”
The track brings awareness that though there are many challenges in growing up without role models, one should be encouraged to find happiness in the positives they can take away from their childhood.
2. “Fire Squad”
“Fire Squad” is the second track on J Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” The song discusses how far hip-hop has strayed from its origin.
It also talks about important issues such as American slavery and how the youth of today are numb to them. It’s a thought provoking song that is as much an ode to hip-hop’s history as it is a wake-up call for its future.
3. “Lights Please”
The song has remained popular with fans thanks to its catchy hook as well as one of J. Cole’s more lighthearted verses that he delivers in his trademark syllable-bending rap style.
4. “Three Wishes”
With a smooth beat and J. Cole’s trademark storytelling, “Three Wishes” is one of the best tracks on his second studio album Born Sinner that features TLC member Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas.
The song tells three stories from different perspectives about people who are making wishes while in relationships with their significant others.
5. “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’)”
One of the best tracks on J. Cole’s most recent album “4 Your Eyez Only” that has received critical acclaim from fans and music critics alike, “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’)” tells a story about how some young hip-hop artists have forgotten where they come from, referring to other rappers who began making music in 2014.
6. “Power Trip” Featuring Miguel
The lead single from J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” album, “Power Trip” is a love song that features vocals by R&B singer Miguel.
The track samples the classic soul song of the same name by Luther Vandross and has since become one of the biggest hits in J. Cole’s career as well as one of his most well-known songs.
7. “Dollar and a Dream II”
“Dollar and a Dream II” is the second track on J Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only.”
The song discusses how far the world has come since Martin Luther King Jr.’s death as well as America’s history of racial tensions with its black citizens.
8. “4 Your Eyez Only”
The title track from J. Cole’s fourth studio album, “For Your Eyez Only” is arguably the best song on the project thanks to its soft beat and personal lyrics about life as a black man in America.
The song reflects his growth over the years both musically and personally while remaining one of his most popular songs among fans who love it for its unapologetic lyrics.
9. “Lights Please”
“Lights Please” shows why Jermaine Cole’s Warm-Up album is so good. Not only are the beats catchy, but his verses about women he has met along the way to fame have a very strong sense of personality and presence.
This song acts as both an ode to those types of people who take advantage of him during this time in his life, while also serving as a metaphor for rap itself—which can be cutthroat at times with all its rivalries between artists and genres alike.
10. “Wet Dreamz”
Before his rise to fame, Cole’s debut single “Wet Dreamz” didn’t get much attention, but it is nonetheless a powerful song about losing one’s virginity.
The track has been criticized by some fans over the years due to its explicit lyrics but remains popular with others who love that he chose not only to rap about sex and but about losing his virginity as well.
The 10 best J. Cole songs are a testament to his immense talent and diversity in style, with each song providing something different for listeners of all tastes. You may have listened to some or many of these already, but if not then now is the time! Listen today and enjoy what this hip-hop legend has created just for you, his fans.