“Lost Ones” – J.Cole
Jermaine Lamar Cole (born January 28, 1985), better known by his stage name J. Cole, is an American rapper and record producer.
Cole was born on an American military base in Frankfurt, Germany where his father was stationed as a soldier on January 28, 1985. At the age of 8 months old, he relocated to Fayetteville, North Carolina where he was raised by his mother, aunt and his cousin. Cole attended Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville and graduated in 2003. He decided that he had a better chance of getting signed as a rapper in New York City, so he chose to attend St. John’s University on an academic scholarship where he majored in communication and minored in business, graduating magna cum laude.
J. Cole started rapping at the age of 13 when his cousin showed him the basics of rhyming and word play. Inspired mostly by rappers Canibus and Tupac Shakur, Cole developed a love for telling stories in his lyrics. At age 15, J. Cole had notebooks filled with rhymes, but no beats of his own to record them with. His mother bought him an 808 beat machine so he could produce music himself.
Years later, after finding success the hard way, J. Cole released Cole World: Sideline Story to enormous success. Released in September 2011, the album reached number one on the US Billboard top 200 and earned him a nomination for best new artist at the 54th Grammy Awards. The album is full of great songs with great lyrics, and J. Cole is one of few artists bringing great lyrics with good beats to the hip-hop scene today.
“Lost Ones,” is no exception. J. Cole tackles the difficult issue of abortion in this song, showing perspectives from two young people facing an extremely difficult decision. Regardless of how you feel about a womans right to choose, this song brings great perspective to an extremely nuanced problem. Listen carefully.