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2014 Forest Hills Drive
2014 Forest Hills Drive
Studio album by J. Cole

Released

9 December 2014

Recorded

2014 at Jungle City Studios (New York, NY), Perfect Sound Studios (Los Angeles, CA), MSR Studios (New York, NY), Windmark Studios (Santa Monica, CA)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

64:43

Label

Dreamville, Roc Nation, Columbia

Producer

!llmind, J. Cole (also exec.), Dre Charles, Ronald Gilmore, JProof Nick Paradise, Phonix Beats, Mark Pitts (exec.), PopWansel, Team Titans, Willie B, Vinylz

J. Cole chronology

Previous

Born Sinner (2013)

Next

4 Your Eyez Only (2016)

2014 Forest Hills Drive is the third studio album by American hip hop musician J. Cole, released in 2014 on Dreamville, Roc Nation and Columbia Records. It was predominantly produced by Cole himself, with additional production by !llmind, Vinylz and Willie B, among others. The album was announced three weeks before its release, and had very little marketing, with no singles or promotion taking place before it was released. Its singles "Apparently" and "Wet Dreamz" were released in December 2014 and April 2015 respectively.

The album title is the address of J. Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It was foreclosed in 2003 while J. Cole was attending university in New York City, but he rebought the house in 2014, inspiring the title of the album. The album recounts the story of Cole leaving North Carolina and moving to New York City in pursuit of his dreams, and the sacrifices that he made in order to find success within the music industry.

Upon its release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive received generally positive reviews from music critics. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 371,000 copies in its first week. The album has since been certified gold by the RIAA. J. Cole released a live version of the album, entitled Forest Hills Drive: Live, in 2016.

Track listingEdit

All songs performed by J. Cole.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" Cole J. Cole, Ronald Gilmore (add.) 2:09
2. "January 28th" Arai, Cole, Murai J. Cole, Nick Paradise (add.), Dre Charles (add.), Team Titans (add.) 4:03
3. "Wet Dreamz" Cole, Hammond, Simmons J. Cole 4:00
4. "03' Adolescence" Brown, Burke, Cole, Van Heusen Willie B 4:25
5. "A Tale of 2 Citiez" Cole, Hernandez Vinylz 4:30
6. "Fire Squad" Cole, Farner J. Cole, Vinylz (add.) 4:50
7. "St. Tropez" Carthorn, Cole, Fischer, Griffin, Hollis, Irvine, Small, Williams, Williams, Wolinski J. Cole 4:18
8. "G.O.M.D." Andrews, Cole, Holmes, Jackson, Smith J. Cole 5:01
9. "No Role Modelz" Barnes, Beauregard, Cole, Houston, Jones, Stevens, Stevens, Stevens, Whitemon Phonix Beats, J. Cole (add.) 4:53
10. "Hello" Cole J. Cole, PopWansel (co.), JProof (co.) 3:39
11. "Apparently" Cole, Trecca J. Cole 4:53
12. "Love Yourz" Cole, Ibanga, McCormick, Price !llmind 3:33
13. "Note to Self" Cole, Gilmore J. Cole (co.), Ronald Gilmore (co.) 14:35

Notes

  • Track 1 features bass trombone performed by James Rodgers, saxophone performed by James Casey, and trumpet performed by Travis Antoine.
  • Track 2 features keys performed by Ronald Gilmore, bass performed by Nate Jones, guitar performed by David Linaburg, and additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox.
  • Track 4 features strings performed by Nuno Malo.
  • Track 5 features additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox, Rose "TS" Desandies and Yolanda Renee. 
  • Track 7 features keys performed by Ronald Gilmore, strings perfroemd by CharGaux, bass trombone performed by James Rodgers, saophone performed by James Casey, trumpet performed by Travis Antoine, and additional vocals performed by Rose "TS" Desandies.
  • Track 8 features keys performed by Ronald Gilmore.
  • Track 9 features additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox.
  • Track 10 features strings performed by Nuno Malo, and additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox.
  • Track 11 features keys performed by Ronald Gilmore, bass performed by Nate Jones, guitar performed by Jeff Gitelman, bass trombone performed by James Rodgers, saxophone performed by James Casey, trumpet performed by Travis Antoine, and additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox.
  • Track 12 features additional instrumentation performed by Carl "Cardiak" McCormick and Calvin "Critacal" Price.
  • Track 13 features keys performed by Ronald Gilmore, bass performed by Nate Jones, guitar performed by David Linaburg, bass trombone performed by James Rodgers, saxophone performed by James Casey, trumpet performed by Travis Antoine, and additional vocals performed by Rose "TS" Desandies and Yolanda Renee. 

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