Relive the best of mixtape J. Cole on Audiomack.
The mixtape artist versus the album artist is a longstanding dichotomy for career rappers to navigate. As fans often beg artists to go back to their mixtape days, whether it’s the nostalgia factor, the artistic freedom, or the mixtapes just being better bodies of work, not every rapper can tap into their past energy. To bridge the gap and satisfy some stans, Audiomack has put together a playlist of essential tracks from mixtape Cole.
During his mixtape days, J. Cole had some certified hits: “Grown Simba,” “Villematic,” “Lights Please,” and more. A handful of his mixtape cuts made their way onto his pop-leaning debut record, but in the context of their respective tapes, these songs capture the essence of a young man on the come up. While Cole may have aged up, making songs about daughters and folding clothes, the hunger of his mixtape days will never fade.
If you like what you hear, check out the other Best Of playlists on Audiomack.