4 Musical Inspirations Davido And Wizkid Can Get From J Cole
Grammy-nominated rapper, JCole is set to headline a concert in Lagos alongside Nigerian stars, Davido and Wizkid in April.
The concert tagged “Castle Lite Unlocks” is put together by Castle Lite Nigeria, and will be the first time J.Cole is visiting the country. It will hold on April 27, 2018 at the Eko Hotels & Suites Lagos.
With four successful studio albums under his belt, J. Cole is one of the most prominent rappers of this generation.
His previous two projects – “2014 Forest Hill Drive” and “4 Your Eyez Only” –pulled off the impressive feat of going platinum without any collaborations.
J.Cole, Wizkid and Davido are all successful musicians, but what makes Davido and Wizkid different from their foreign colleague is the themes of their songs.
While Davido and Wizkid use the popular formula of singing incoherently about women, sex and money, and once in a while about the blessings of God, J Cole puts another spin.
He is a rapper so all the usual themes should be on his musical line up, but he also address social issues in today’s society.
Here are 4 songs from 2 of his albums that touch on such themes as racial and religious profiling, the relevance of fathers, women empowerment and depression.
Themes that even Nigerians can relate to.
1. “Neighbors,” 4 Your Eyez Only (2016)
In this song he recalls moving into a new neighborhood, being racially profiled and harassed by the police for being black.
Cole paints one of the many horrific pictures people of color go through today.
2. “4 Your Eyez Only,” 4 Your Eyez Only (2016)
Though the song draws its inspiration from a crime that the singer may have witnessed, it may also relate to young men who do not have fathers or a male role models in their lives.
3. “Crooked Smile,” Born Sinner (2011)
One of his most powerful music videos and songs to date.
J.Cole uses the song to empower women, and helps them to know their worth and forget their insecurities.
Cole’s message in 'Crooked Smile' is for women to understand that beauty is more than just what’s on the outside.
4. “Lost Ones,” Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011)
J. Cole turns the narrative on his debut album to teen pregnancy.
“Lost Ones” questions a man's abilities to own up to his responsibilities of having and raising a child.
He also takes a vocal stance on the mother-to-be.
Davido and Wizkid, are you guys inspired?