J. Cole Takes Kendrick’s Beat For A Black Friday Freestyle And It’s More Than Alright (Audio)
While many are out spending on the day after Thanksgiving, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar are still giving. The two have coordinated a “Black Friday” double barrel attack, with Kendrick taking over Cole’s “A Tale of Two Citiez” track and Jermaine commandeering K. Dot’s “Alright.”
On Cole’s version of “Black Friday,” he follows Kendrick’s blueprint on the track, with his cadence getting increasingly more aggressive and assertive throughout. He does not try to replicate Kendrick’s anthemic lyrical content from “Alright,” however, choosing instead to have fun with the beat and remind all how nice he is with the pen game. In fact, Cole’s first line in verse one is “If I quote it nigga, I wrote it nigga,” likely a reference to all of the controversy that has surrounded Drake this year about his having a ghostwriter. Before the song ends, Cole makes reference to the now mythical joint album between him and Lamar, saying it will never be released because “they can’t handle two Black niggas this clever.” Right as the audio drops, however, he hints that he has something special coming in February.
Take a listen to Cole’s “Black Friday” below. Who’s freestyle do you prefer, his or Kendrick’s.