Monday, November 24, 2014

Cole World

A while back the Dime Box king overlord blogged about some cool cards he acquired that featured a lot of musicians. I was so intrigued that I decided to pull the trigger on a little something that was on my watch list. That something is this cool card of my favorite rapper, J. Cole (feat. Wale who's also a pretty good rapper IMO).
Growing up I was a pretty big fan of hip hop. Unfortunately when people think of hip hop they think of idiots reinforcing negative stereotypes and bragging about how much money they have and how much sex they have because in today's world it's only the negative aspects of a music genre that ever gets attention, but there is more to the genre than people (including a large number of hip hop fans) probably think.

One of my favorite mix-tapes of all time

Back in 2010, there was a brief moment of time where it looked like a new generation of rappers had arrived and were going to bring some much needed thought, depth and passion back into the mainstream hip hop scene, and J. Cole was going to be one of the spearheads of the movement and establish himself as one of the biggest names in the industry.
Unfortunately things did not go that way. Jermaine Lamarr Cole's momentum pretty much vanished by the time his second album dropped/this card was released and the rest of the movement dissolved into a bunch of sell-outs, b-listers and guys that disappeared entirely (although Kendrick Lamar turned out okay). Now I could go on and explain why I think that happened but I'll spare you all from my college thesis on the matter. I'll just say that despite the "what ifs" and a few missteps, I'm still a big fan of J. Cole.

I love this back so much

Anyway I love the back of this cool oddball. With the important details above like which event these cards were being distributed at, and some of J. Cole's bio. And yes, J. Cole was in fact born in Germany (he was raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina though). I thought it was really cool how they presented the albums J. Cole released like stats on a baseball card. And of course no one can front on that cute little cartoon on the lower left hand corner.
Between this and the cool team issued Phillies cards The Phillies Room is always blogging about, I think I can safely say that Philadelphia sure makes some great cards.

Now to finish out this post I was going to share my top five favorite J. Cole songs but I figure I'd just randomly share a few songs I really like by him. Also I'd like to mention that his next album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, is going to be released next month on December 9th. I can't wait!

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).


  1. Absolutely love the card. I will have to get my hands on one.

    1. Thanks Alex. Hope you get one :). I think the seller I bought mine from had a few left.

  2. Holy smokes that is really cool. Nice addition!

  3. I recently got one of those music cards from The Mann too (My favorite band Neutral Milk Hotel). They're cool cards, but I wasn't excited to pay $8 to some person who grabbed a bunch of them for free at the door the night of the concert.

    1. I can understand that. Although I guess that's just the price we pay for not going in the first place and getting the freebies ourselves.