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2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE is the third studio album by American rapper J. Cole
J. Cole
. It was released on December 9, 2014, by Roc Nation
Roc Nation
, Dreamville Records
Dreamville Records
and Columbia Records
Columbia Records
. Recording sessions took place over the whole year, while the production on the album was primarily handled by Cole himself, along with several others such as Illmind
Illmind
, Vinylz , Phonix Beats and Willie B . It was announced three weeks before its release and had very little marketing, with no singles or promotion taking place prior to its release. The album was supported by four singles : " Apparently ", " Wet Dreamz ", "No Role Modelz " and " Love Yourz ".

2014 Forest Hills Drive
Forest Hills Drive
received generally positive reviews from critics who admired its ambitious concept, production and lyrics. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, selling 353,000 copies in its first week. It was nominated for Best Rap Album
Album
at the 58th Grammy Awards . The album won Album
Album
of the Year at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards , and Top Rap Album
Album
at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards . The single "Apparently" was nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards. As of September 2015, the album has sold one million copies in the United States. By doing so, J. Cole
J. Cole
earned his first million-selling album in the country. The album was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in October 2016.

CONTENTS

* 1 Background * 2 Recording and production * 3 Release and promotion

* 4 Singles

* 4.1 Other songs

* 5 Critical reception

* 5.1 Accolades * 5.2 Awards

* 6 Commercial performance * 7 Track listing * 8 Personnel

* 9 Charts

* 9.1 Weekly charts * 9.2 Year-end charts

* 10 Certifications * 11 Release history * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 Further reading * 15 External links

BACKGROUND

The album's title is the name of an address from J. Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina , where he was living with his mother, his brother and his stepfather. In 2003, after Cole graduated from high school, the home was foreclosed on while J. Cole
J. Cole
attended St. John\'s University in New York City
New York City
. In 2014, the rapper re-bought the house, marking his first home purchase. It is where he wrote some of his earliest raps and became serious about pursuing a career as a musician. The album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Forest Hills Drive
recounts the story of Cole leaving North Carolina, and moving to New York City
New York City
all in pursuit of his dreams; it battles with the transition that were taken in order to find his success and fame within the music industry. The majority of Cole's childhood involved him and his family frequently moving from place to place while their mother tried to make ends meet. Cole now plans on allowing a new family to move into the house he once called home for an extremely cheap renting price, in the hope that they will find their feet in life like he once did.

RECORDING AND PRODUCTION

On August 15, 2014, Cole released the song "Be Free", as a response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
Ferguson, Missouri
. In an interview with NPR
NPR
's Microphone Check radio show , Cole revealed that the song was recorded the same week he recorded the song "Intro" from 2014 Forest Hills Drive, but was never intended for the album. In September 2014, during an interview with HipHopDX
HipHopDX
, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony 's manager Steve Lobel revealed Krayzie Bone
Krayzie Bone
and Bizzy Bone recorded a track with Cole for the album, though the song never made the album's final cut. The production on the album was primarily handled by J. Cole, along with its guest productions, including Dreamville 's in-house producer Ron Gilmore, DJ Dahi , Illmind
Illmind
, Willie B , Phonix Beats, Vinylz and Pop Wansel, with additional production provided by Cardiak
Cardiak
and CritaCal, among others.

RELEASE AND PROMOTION

On November 16, 2014, Cole released a video trailer , where he announced he will be releasing his third album, titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive on December 9. The video also featured footage regarding the making-of the album. Additionally, the album's name sake was revealed to be the address of Cole's childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina . Cole held a listening session at the home on 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Forest Hills Drive
where he invited a select group of fans to hear the album.

On February 13, 2015, Cole announced he would further promote the album with a tour called Forest Hills Drive. The tour was divided into three different acts. "Act 1: Hometown", "Act 2: The Journey" and "Act 3: Hollywood". Act 1 started on March 2, 2015, in Eugene, Oregon and ended on April 7, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
, it featured Dreamville artists such as Bas , Cozz
Cozz
and Omen , who were also served as supporting acts on Act 2 and 3. Act 2 started on April 30, 2015, in Zürich, Switzerland and ended on May 18, 2015, in London, England , it featured Jhené Aiko
Jhené Aiko
and Pusha T
Pusha T
. Act 3 was the longest leg of the tour, it started on July 12, 2015, in Seattle, Washington and ended on August 29, 2015, in Cole's hometown Fayetteville, North Carolina , and featured Big Sean
Big Sean
, YG and Jeremih . Cole brought out Drake and Jay-Z to perform at the last show in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The tour sold over 570,000 tickets worldwide and grossed $20.4 million.

On December 15, 2015, Cole announced a mini-documentary series titled, J. Cole: Road to Homecoming ahead of his special Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming , and released episode one the same day. Episode two was released on December 23. Episode three was released on December 30, Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
, Wale , ASAP Ferg and Rihanna
Rihanna
made appearances. Episode four was released on January 6, 2016. All episodes were available for free on Vimeo
Vimeo
until January 9. Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming aired January 9, 2016, on HBO
HBO
and HBO
HBO
Now . On January 28, 2016, in celebration of his 31st birthday, Cole released his first live album titled, Forest Hills Drive: Live and also released the music video for the album's final single "Love Yourz ". Both Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming and Forest Hills Drive: Live covered his fall 2015 show at the Crown Coliseum
Crown Coliseum
in Fayetteville, North Carolina .

SINGLES

On December 9, 2014, the song " Apparently " was serviced to American mainstream urban radio, as the album's first single . Cole would also go on to release the music video for "Apparently", on December 9. The song has since peaked at number 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
. The song was nominated for Best Rap Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards . The song was also nominated for The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award at the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards and Impact Track at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards .

The album's second single, " Wet Dreamz " was released to rhythmic contemporary radio on April 14, 2015. On April 21, the music video was released for "Wet Dreamz". The song has since peaked at number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On June 16, 2016, "Wet Dreamz" was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album's third single, " No Role Modelz " was sent to urban and rhythmic radio stations on August 4, 2015. The song has since peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On May 2, 2016, in an interview with Larry King Now , actress Nia Long
Nia Long
was asked about a line from the song where Cole raps, "My only regret was too young for Lisa Bonet , my only regret was too young for Nia Long, now all I'm left with is hoes from reality shows, hand her a script the bitch probably couldn't read along." She responded by saying, "He's really not too young, he just doesn't know it." The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 18, 2016.

Cole released the live music video for " Love Yourz " on January 28, 2016, the music video was filmed during his Forest Hills Drive
Forest Hills Drive
Tour, and on February 27, 2016, "Love Yourz" was released as the album's fourth and final single. The song was included in Sprite 's "Obey Your Verse" campaign in 2016 where 16 lyrics from 2Pac , Missy Eliiot and Cole were emblazoned on Sprite soda cans and bottles. The song won Impact Track at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards . "Love Yourz" charted at number 34 on the US Twitter
Twitter
Top Tracks on February 13, 2016. The song has since peaked at number 25 on the US R margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto;">2 2014

Billboard The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014 3

The Boombox 10 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2014 4

Complex The 50 Best Albums of 2014 4

Cuepoint
Cuepoint
My Favorite Hip-Hop Albums of 2014 9

HipHopDX
HipHopDX
HipHopDX's Top 25 Albums Of 2014 N/A

HuffPost
HuffPost
The 23 Best Albums Of 2014 N/A

HotNewHipHop Hottest Albums Of 2014 2

XXL The 14 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014 N/A

50 Great Albums From Rappers With Poetic Flows N/A 2016

AWARDS

YEAR CEREMONY CATEGORY RESULT

2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Album
Album
of the Year Won

Billboard Music Awards Top Rap Album
Album
Won

American Music Awards Best Rap/Hip Hop Album
Album
Nominated

2016 58th Grammy Awards Best Rap Album
Album
Nominated

COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, selling a total of 371,000 copies, with 353,000 copies consisting of whole album sales and the remaining 17,000 copies determined based on individual song sales and streaming data. This is a tracking change that was implemented by Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard in December 2014. 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Forest Hills Drive
became the best first week sales of J. Cole's career, outpacing the first week sales of his second album Born Sinner (2013), by 74,000 copies (297,000 copies). In addition to the album's sales toppling early projections by over 100,000 copies, 2014 Forest Hills Drive also broke One Direction
One Direction
's record for most album streams on Spotify
Spotify
, being streamed over 15.7 million times in its first week, compared to One Direction's 11.5 million streams. Drake later broke this record with 17.3 million streams for his mixtape If You\'re Reading This It\'s Too Late . In its second week, the album sold 135,000 more copies. Cole became one of only six rappers to reach number one with their first three full-length studio albums, others being Drake, Rick Ross
Rick Ross
, Nelly
Nelly
, DMX and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
. In October 2016, the album was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales, streaming and track-sales equivalent of two million units. As of December 2016, the album has sold 1,240,000 copies in the United States.

TRACK LISTING

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) PRODUCER(S) LENGTH

1. "Intro" Jermaine Cole

* J. Cole
J. Cole
* Ron Gilmore

2:09

2. "January 28th"

* Cole * Timothy Thomas * Andre Thomas * Yumi Arai * Kunihiko Murai

* Cole * Nick Paradise and Dré Charles of Team Titans

4:02

3. " Wet Dreamz "

* Cole * Charles Simmons * Roy Hammond

Cole 3:59

4. "03' Adolescence"

* Cole * William Brown * Johnny Burke * Jimmy Van Heusen
Jimmy Van Heusen

Willie B 4:24

5. " A Tale of 2 Citiez "

* Cole * Anderson Hernandez

Vinylz 4:29

6. " Fire Squad "

* Cole * Hernandez * Mark Farner

* Cole * Vinylz

4:48

7. "St. Tropez"

* Cole * Mayfield Small * Andre Fischer * Dave Wolinski * Warren Griffin III * Jamali Carthorn * Danielle Hollis * Deon Williams * Dewayne Williams * Ericka Martin * Weldon Irvine

Cole 4:17

8. " G.O.M.D. "

* Cole * Delroy Andrews * Deongelo Holmes * Eric Jackson * Jonathan Smith

Cole 5:01

9. " No Role Modelz "

* Cole * Kurtis Figueroa * Darius Barnes * Marvin Whitemon * Paul Beauregard * Jordan Houston * Tenina Stevens * Earl Stevens * Dannell Stevens * Brandt Jones

* Phonix Beats * Cole

4:52

10. "Hello"

* Cole * Andrew Wansel * Jameel Roberts

* Cole * Pop Wansel * Jproof

3:39

11. " Apparently "

* Cole * Filippo Trecca * Carlos Bess

Cole 4:53

12. " Love Yourz "

* Cole * Ramon Ibanga, Jr. * Carl McCormick * Calvin Price

* Illmind
Illmind
* Cardiak
Cardiak
* CritaCal

3:31

13. "Note to Self"

* Cole * Ronald Gilmore

* Cole * Gilmore

14:35

TOTAL LENGTH: 64:39

NOTES

* ^ signifies a co-producer * ^ signifies an additional producer * "January 28th" contains additional vocals performed Kaye Fox * "A Tale of 2 Citiez" contains additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox, T.S. Rose DeSandies and Yolanda Reneee * "St. Tropez" contains additional vocals performed by T.S. Rose DeSandies * "No Role Modelz" contains additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox * "Hello" contains additional vocals performed by Kaye Fox * "Note to Self" contains additional vocals performed by T.S. Rose DeSandies and Yolanda Renee

SAMPLE CREDITS

* "January 28th" contains a sample of "Sky Restaurant" written by Yumi Arai and Kunihiko Murai, and performed by Hi-Fi Set. * "Wet Dreamz" contains a sample of "Mariya" written by Charles Simmons, and performed by Family Circle, and samples "Impeach the President" written by Roy Hammond , and performed by The Honey Drippers . * "03' Adolescence" contains a sample of "Here\'s That Rainy Day " written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heuse , and performed by Sonia Rosa and Yuji Ono. * "Fire Squad" contains a sample of "Heart Breaker" written by Mark Farner, and performed by Aguaturbia . * "St. Tropez" contains a sample of "That's All Right With Me" written by Mayfield Small, and performed by Esther Phillips
Esther Phillips
, and samples "Sister Sanctified" performed by Stanley Turrentine
Stanley Turrentine
and Milt Jackson , and contains an interpolation of "Hollywood" written by Andre Fischer and Dave Wolinski , and performed by Rufus and Chaka Khan . * "G.O.M.D." embodies a portions of "Get Low " written by Deongelo Holmes , Eric Jackson and Jonathan Smith , and performed by Lil Jon -webkit-column-count: 3; column-count: 3;">

* Jermaine Cole – primary artist, producer * Mark Pitts – executive producer * Ramon Ibanga, Jr. – producer * Anderson Hernandez – producer * William "Willie B" Brown – producer * Pop Wansel – producer * Darius Barnes – producer * Ronald Gilmore – additional production, bass, keyboards, producer * Jproof – producer * Nate Jones – bass * David Linaburg – guitar * Nate Alford – engineer * Travis Antoine – trumpet * Anthony Blasko – photography * Felton Brown – art direction, graphic design * Johnny Burke – composer * James Casey – saxophone * Chargaux – strings * Jeremy Cimino – assistant engineer * Damone Coleman – sampling * Jero "Mez" Davis – engineer, mixing * T.S. Rose Desandies – vocals (background) * DJ Dahi – beats * Dreamville Records
Dreamville Records
– executive producer * Kaye Fox – vocals (background) * Julius Garcia – A&R coordination * Ibrahim Hamad – A&R * James Van Heusen – composer * Jeff Gitelman – guitar * Mwango "MK" Kasote – A text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

WEEKLY CHARTS

CHART (2014–16) Peak position

AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS (ARIA ) 40

BELGIAN ALBUMS (ULTRATOP FLANDERS) 134

BELGIAN ALBUMS (ULTRATOP WALLONIA) 198

CANADIAN ALBUMS (BILLBOARD ) 3

NEW ZEALAND ALBUMS (RMNZ ) 25

SWISS ALBUMS (SCHWEIZER HITPARADE ) 49

SWEDISH ALBUMS (SVERIGETOPPLISTAN ) 56

UK ALBUMS (OOC ) 27

UK R&B ALBUMS (OCC ) 1

US BILLBOARD 200 1

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YEAR-END CHARTS

CHART (2015) Peak position

CANADIAN ALBUMS (BILLBOARD) 36

US BILLBOARD 200 8

US DIGITAL ALBUMS (BILLBOARD) 4

US TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS (BILLBOARD) 2

US RAP ALBUMS (BILLBOARD) 2

CHART (2016) POSITION

DANISH ALBUMS (HITLISTEN) 81

US BILLBOARD 200 30

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FURTHER READING

* Pizzo, Mike "DJ" (2015). "How Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
& J. Cole
J. Cole
Rebooted Conscious Rap". Cuepoint
Cuepoint
.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Forest Hills Drive
at Discogs
Discogs
(list of releases)

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J. Cole
J. Cole

* Recording discography * Production discography

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Cole World: The

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