By Rahul Lal
J. Cole has a lot on his mind, and he vents a bit in his new song, “High for Hours,” which he surprise-released yesterday (January 15) The song comments on different societal issues ranging from American hypocrisy — he recalls seeing women hi-fiving each other when learning that Osama bin Ladin had been killed. “For real?” he asks. “I thought this was ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill.'” He then transitions to discussing police brutality. He details his conversation with Barack Obama in the second verse, recalling the time he asked the President about the black struggle. “I got the vibe he was sincere and that the brother cared.” He also shared the President’s advice: “Don’t stop fightin’ and don’t stop believin’, you can make the world better before you leave it.”
Just over a month removed from the release of Cole’s fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, one has to wonder whether this will signal more music to be released in 2017. Rumor has it that J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have been working in the studio on a highly anticipated collaboration album.