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J Cole is the first signee of Roc Nation - and might be turning into Jay Z’s best investment. J Cole’s latest mixtape Friday Night Lights was released this past Friday to a hype unseen of a free mixtape in almost two years. The mixtape was almost impossible to find for a time – in an era where download sites are as popular and diverse as skittles. Friday Night Lights lines up to be J Cole’s third mixtape – the others being The Come Up (2007) and The Warm Up (2009) – with all of the previous being critically acclaimed pieces of music. With Friday Night Lights J Cole has filled up the Game breaker - creating fervor of excitement for his debut album, Cole World.


Friday Night Lights features 20 tracks of Hip Hop in its purest form. Pleasing every fan from purists to mainstream. Featuring little to no features – only 3 on the main album (aside from the bonus G.O.O.D Friday release “Looking for Trouble”) – including production credits, J Cole’s mixtape is an excellent flexing of the musical ability J Cole has. It starts with the tranquil self entitled entrance track “Friday Night Lights”, which ends with the thesis for the entire project – “What good is being “The One” when you’re the only one that knows it?”.


Cole represents and pays homage to the years of Hip Hop preceding him. “Enchanted”, one of the brightest songs on an already pearlescent mixtape, borrows the epic chorus off of Tupac’s classic, “Hail Mary”. While staying true to the words, Cole manages to twist meaning into the opposite of what it is meant while still capturing its essence. With one of the few features Omen delivers one of the best verses on the album – a rare overshadowing of Cole- something Cole himself does to everyone else.


“Before I’m Gone” is a strong, epic, ride song – spat with such hunger and meaning - speaking of the times and struggles of everyday life. Cole has the swagger of an intelligent college kid with the hunger and spark of a young vagabond roaming the streets. “Villematic”, “2 Face”, and “Higher” are all songs which make up a strong midsection – it is easy to become lost in this mixtape.

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.J. Cole: Friday Night Lights (Mixtape)
Friday Night Lights (Mixtape) release date: Fri, 11/12/2010
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Musician: J. Cole
Comments: 2Comments.Average rating: 0...Friday Night Lights (Mixtape): Tracks
#TitleMy ratingAverage.1Friday Night Lights (Intro)
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.2 .2Too Deep For The Intro
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.6 .3Before I'm Gone
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.6 .4Back To The Topic (Freestyle)
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.3 .5You Got It (ft. Wale)
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.4 .6Villematic
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.6 .7Enchanted (ft. Omen)
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.7 .8Blow Up
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.8 .10In The Morning (ft. Drake)
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.6 .112Face
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.5 .12The Autograph
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.6 .13Best Friend
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.4 .14Cost Me A Lot
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.7 .15Premeditated Murder
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.8 .16Home For The Holidays
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.7 .17Love Me Not
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.6 .18See World
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Give it 1/5Give it 2/5Give it 3/5Give it 4/5Give it 5/5. .4.8 .19Farewell
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