2010 has been a great year for J. Cole. November saw the release of his Friday Night Light’s mixtape which shut the internet down.
Check out J. Cole and Friday Night Light’s on the 2010 Year-End lists:
MTV’s “TOP 10 MIXTAPE”
XXL MAGAZINE’s “#5 TOP MIXTAPE”
Friday Night Lights came with high expectations, all of which Cole delivered on. The Fayetville, North Carolina rapper not only laced himself with stellar production he supplied supreme lyricism.
VIBE MAGAZINE’s “#7 TOP MIXTAPE”
The Internets anticipation hit a fever pitch when Cole tweeted that he’d be releasing a final mixtape before his debut LP. And the lyrical force from North Carolina delivered, going line-for-line with the likes of Drake (“In The Morning”), Wale (“You Got Me”) and Kanye West (“Looking For Trouble,” one of the best and most brash verses of the year). It’s scary how much J.Cole’s lyricism has spiked since The Warm Up, and if superior tracks like “Premeditated Murder” and “Love Me Not” are any indication of what’s to come from Cole’s debut, it’s lights out for rival rappers.
DATPIFF’s “#7 TOP MIXTAPE”
Over 159k listens
PREFIX MAGAZINE’s “#9 TOP MIXTAPE”
J. Cole only gets better with each project he releases. While 2009’s The Warm Up was the mixtape that caught the attention of Jay-Z and plenty of listeners, this year’s Friday Night Lights is the one to make the rapper-producer truly blow up (pun intended). Nearly every track on here displays just why so many have co-signed the young artist. He can drop panties on “In the Morning” with Drake, black-out with his rhymes on “Back to the Topic,” and provide a strong autobiographical tale of a hungry MC on “Home for the Holidays.” Not bad for a mixtape that was thrown together in a few months as a response to inspiration drawn from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Friday series.
COMPLEX MAGAZINE’s “#1 TOP MIXTAPE”
Voted By Fans (26.8 %) *voting still going on
ABOUT.COM’s #8 TOP SONG “PREMEDITATED MURDER”
You could hear minds getting blowed from coast to coast when Hollywood Cole unleashed his breakout mixtape, The Warm Up in 2009. He turned heads again when he followed it up with one of 2010’s best mixtapes, Friday Night Lights. “Premeditated Murder,” a standout from the latter, stands as evidence that Cole hasn’t lost the spark that propelled him into hip-hop consciousness.
THE GRIO’s “#4 TOP ALBUM”
Trust us, the next big household name in hip-hop is going to be J-Cole. His intricate yet accessible flow has already won him serious praise from his fellow rappers and with this virtually flawless mixtape he has only heightened the anticipation for his eventual major label debut. If J-Cole is the future rap, rumors of the genre’s demise are clearly unfounded.
URB MAGAZINE’s ”BEST HIP HOP ARTIST”
(beating Kanye, Eminem and Drake)
While the “big boys” of music blogging are falling over themselves for the veteran acts of the ’00s (some deservingly, others not), URB readers are always at the forefront. No wonder this MC who just came onto our radar in late 2009 scored substantially higher than the greats—Kanye, Jay-Z, Eminem. Think that’s impressive? Wait until J. Cole actually has an album out.
S.O.B.’s “#1 HIP-HOP SHOW OF THE YEAR”
THE L MAGAZINE’s “#22 TOP MIXTAPE”
The North Carolina MC’s debut on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label doesn’t drop till March, but there’s plenty to enjoy on his mostly self-produced 20-track mixtape from November. Soulful introspective songs like “Before I’m Gone”and “Enchanted”go great with the upbeat piano-powered “Higher”and the brassy, fluttery love story “The Autograph,”but “Blow Up”is the kind of song that reminds listeners why those in the know think Cole’s the next big thing.
HYPE TRAK’s “#5 TOP MIXTAPE”
“#12 TOP ALBUM”
KABOOM MAGAZINE’s “#2 TOP MIXTAPE”
Labelled as the perfect example of what the world can look for in 2011’s release of J.Cole debut album currently untitled. The North Carolina emcee through Friday Night Lights transcended himself lyrically into Omega status which is almost impossible for an artist to do, especially a new artists who doesn’t have an success album out yet. The mixtape displays J.Cole at his most personal thus far as he also manages to keep fans excited with a now people’s choice record “In the Morning” featuring Drake that is already receiving tremendous amounts of radio play.