Debate: Take Care or Cole World?
Before I open up the floor here I’d like to weigh in on this debate. I’m anticipating both obviously, but this is one of those “put a gun to your head and choose one” type debates. Everyone’s favorite. Ignore the fact that Cole’s project drops a month before Drake’s so you’ll be anticipating it longer anyway. Lets break this down real quick….
Who had the better singles?
The lead singles from both of these albums lived up to the hype, to say the least. Cole’s “Work Out” and recently released single “Can’t Get Enough” featuring Trey Songz show promise for his debut album. I’m hoping to see more songs like “Can’t Get Enough” than “Work Out” though. Then you have Drake’s “Headlines” which was a little different than his usual lead single, but none of us were complaining. I think he’s definitely mastered the art of mixing his singing with rapping and he didn’t need a really catchy hook to get our attention. The Trey Songz feature wasn’t prominent enough for me and wouldn’t have minded if Cole just did the chorus himself. I give the edge to Drake on this one considering I still find myself enjoying “Headlines” a bit more.
Does less really mean more?
It’s safe to say “So Far Gone” gave us the same excitement for “Thank Me Later” as J. Cole’s now THREE mixtapes (The Come Up, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights) has given us for “Cole World: A Sideline Story.” Drake took over last summer with the success of his debut album, and at the same time Cole was building a buzz for his own album with the release of promotional single, “Who Dat.” The beginning of 2011 was very quiet for Drake (to allow Weezy to get his buzz back being out of jail in my opinion) while we were listening to “Friday Night Lights” and an array of leaked tracks from J. Cole. Then “I’m on One” happened. And “Dreams Money Can Buy,” “Marvins Room,” “Trust Issues,” and “Headlines” followed suit. He strategically placed them apart though leaving us anticipating his next move. So, is it quality over quantity? Although Drake more than made up for the music drought, I still would’ve really liked if he followed through on that R&B mixtape he promised. Give the slight edge to J. Cole here.
Which album do I think will be better?
I was kind of disappointed when I saw that “In the Morning and “Lights Please” were going to be on Cole’s album simply because they feel ancient at this point. In my opinion that is two brand new songs that we are getting cheated out of. It appears “Marvin’s Room” will make the album due to the success from the unintentional single (peaking at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.) “Take Care” also has confirmed features by Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T-Pain, Stevie Wonder and, from a tweet he made early morning on September 6th (“Alllllll the way from memphis tennessee…and he got something special for ya’ll tonight.”), possibly a Justin Timberlake feature. I’m also curious to see if he gets his “idol” Jay-Z on board again after this so called beef. I’ve already gone ahead and claimed that “Take Care” would be album of the year so I’d be a hypocrite to say I’d think J. Cole’s will be better. No potential for a sophomore slump here. J. Cole will impress us, but Drake will blow us away.
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