Last week we saw two Hip Hop albums with religious based titles. Kanye’s “Yeezus” and J-Cole’s “Born Sinner.” I checked out Yeezus first to see what Ye was coming with, only to be throughly disappointed. Afterwards I decided to check out Cole’s new joint. Might I mention, I was not really feeling J-Cole’s first LP. I think I even feel asleep listening too it. Not that I don’t think the guy is super talented (which I do) that album just didn’t do it for me. But I will say his new effort “Born Sinner” is worth checking out.
One of the standout cuts on the project too me is a joint he has called “Let Nas Down” where Cole raps about his disappointment of not meeting the standards of Nas’ approval after he hears Nas thinks his radio single “Work Out” is trash. You always want the people you idolize to approve what you do, especially when you were inspired by them. It’s a very personal record, and something J didn’t have to share with his audience if he didn’t want too. But he did, and I think it’s a great record.
So what could top that experience? … How about Nas hearing it and jumping on it with his own verse?! Yep, that just happened. And Nas left jewels for the young homie Cole before passing him the crown on wax. The man who thought Hip Hop was dead, may have just found a comrade to help keep it alive. Esco kills the autobiographical verse as he recounts his days as a young cat trying to make it in the business. The most important part is he lets J-Cole know… “You Didn’t Let Nas Down” in fact he made Nas proud. This is a great moment in Hip Hop. Check it out for yourself.