Needless to say, I’m a fan of J. Cole‘s music. I actually first heard about him from my older brother (what up G-4), and have been enjoying his lyricism ever since. I mention that because I’m a fan of music that tells a good story. I find very few songs in hip hop these days do just that unless it’s about them bragging on all they supposedly do and all they supposedly have. But I’ll save that post for another day.
Anyways, J. Cole has quite a few songs where he’s doing the aforementioned storytelling. Some of them are simple stories, while others are a bit more climatic. I find that to be the case with his song Can I Live from his mixtape entitled The Warm Up. Every time I get to the end of the song I find myself listening in-mesmerized at the picture he paints of a young man asking for more time in this world after seemingly fatal shots contact him in front of his friends. The song has no chorus throughout until the end of the verses he delivers, and I must say I don’t think any are needed until this point in the song. I say this because at that very point when you hear him utter the words “Can I live?” is when you realize why it received its title. I also believe that very same point is what makes me love this song, its symbolism, and overall delivery.
Hopefully I haven’t built it up too much to where the expectations are higher than they should be, but I’ll let you be the judge. Take a listen to the song and if you feel the same please share a comment. Thanks for reading and listening in here at 3GW.
– Supreme Soul