J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014)
Recording sessions took place over the whole year, while the production on the album was primarily handled by Cole himself, along with several others such as Illmind, Vinylz, Phonix Beats and Willie B. It was announced three weeks before its release and had very little marketing, with no singles or promotion taking place prior to its release. The album was supported by four singles: “Apparently“, “Wet Dreamz“, “No Role Modelz” and “Love Yourz“.
2014 Forest Hills Drive received generally positive reviews from critics who admired its ambitious concept, production and lyrics. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 353,000 copies in its first week. As of September 2015, the album has sold one million copies in the United States. The album was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in May 2019.
The album won Album of the Year at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards, and Top Rap Album at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. It was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. The single “Apparently” was nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
|1.||“Intro”||Jermaine Cole||J. ColeRon Gilmore[b]||2:09|
|2.||“January 28th”||ColeTimothy ThomasAndre ThomasYumi AraiKunihiko Murai||ColeNick Paradise[b]Dré Charles[b]||4:02|
|3.||“Wet Dreamz“||ColeCharles SimmonsRoy Hammond||Cole||3:59|
|4.||“03′ Adolescence”||ColeWilliam BrownJohnny BurkeJimmy Van Heusen||Willie B||4:24|
|5.||“A Tale of 2 Citiez“||ColeAnderson Hernandez||Vinylz||4:29|
|6.||“Fire Squad“||ColeMark FarnerManzel BushBrion Unger||ColeVinylz[b]||4:48|
|7.||“St. Tropez”||ColeMayfield SmallAndre FischerDave WolinskiWarren Griffin IIIJamali CarthornDanielle HollisDeon WilliamsDewayne WilliamsWeldon IrvineJasmine EasterlyNed LoveJosh SkilsMargaux Whitney||Cole||4:17|
|8.||“G.O.M.D.“||ColeDelroy AndrewsDeongelo HolmesEric JacksonJonathan Smith||Cole||5:01|
|9.||“No Role Modelz“||ColeDarius BarnesMarvin WhitemonPaul BeauregardJordan HoustonTenina StevensEarl StevensDannell StevensBrandt Jones||Phonix BeatsCole[b]||4:52|
|10.||“Hello”||ColeAndrew WanselJameel Roberts||ColePop Wansel[a]J Proof[a]||3:39|
|11.||“Apparently“||ColeFilippo TreccaDamany ColemanJeff Gitelman||Cole||4:53|
|12.||“Love Yourz“||ColeRamon Ibanga, Jr.Carl McCormickCalvin Price||Illmind||3:31|
|13.||“Note to Self”||ColeRonald Gilmore||Cole[a]Gilmore[a]||14:35|