J. Cole has been one of my favorite artists since the beginning of this whole entire decade. My two favorite albums of his are 2014 Forrest Hills Drive, released in 2014, and 4 Your Eyez Only, released in 2016. I appreciate J. Cole’s lyrics because of his intellect and thought-provoking lyrics. He raps about loving your life and not comparing yourself to others, and large-scale problems like racism in America. He also details struggles he’s gone through in his own life through his music. I listen to his albums all the way through, in order, and I always pay attention to the lyrics because they help me with my everyday life, too. If you’re looking for positivity and mantras to live by, he’s your guy.