Now you may be asking yourself how any of this is related to The Lion King. How could a rap album be related to a children's movie at all? Well that is why you have me here to explain all of this to you.
Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known simply as J. Cole, was the first rapper to be signed to Jay Z's label, Roc Nation. But before being signed to Roc Nation, J. Cole had released a trilogy of mix tapes showcasing his lyrical and production talent. (The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and The Lion King 1 1/2 can be considered Disney's trilogy that showcases their golden age of animation) Those three mix tapes are titled "The Come Up", "The Warm Up", and "Friday Night Lights", that latter of which won BET's "Best Mix Tape" award in 2011. Well enough about J. Cole himself, if you're interested you could always download those mix tapes for free and dive into music you have never experienced before, let's move on to the "Simba Trilogy".
"Word on the streets is I'm the prince..., check the splenda
And I can't wait to be the king..., young Simba!"
"Hold up now don't get it twisted, I ain't hating, do your thing
I was like a young Simba: couldn't wait to be the king"
"Return of Simba"
(The Intro of the song is a direct sample of when Mufasa gives the "everything the light touches" speech to Simba on top of Pride Rock)
"One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king."
"(Woo!) That boy Simba crazy
Hotter than Ike Turner temper, you December, maybe"
And there you have it! Hope that you enjoyed this read, even though you may not be a fan at all of rap and hip-hop music. If you're interested in winning a free copy of "Cole World: The Sideline Story" then just leave a comment on this blog and spread the link to all your friends! I have an extra copy in my closet that is still sealed that I planned on giving away once I had things to say about the artist, and I feel like now is the right time. Cole World, you have just been ChrisCrossed!