J.Cole had a deadline to meet this past spring. He only had five days to turn in his sophomore set Born Sinner, but instead of giving up the goods, he blessed the internet with a six track freebie, Truly Yours 2.
On “Cole Summer”, Jermaine opens up about his financial status, (“Confessions of a cheap ass nigga/ but I finally put my momma in that E-Class, nigga”), insecurities (“If my next album flop, it’s back to the post office/ Both of us”) and success (“Wanted to drop the album in the summer/ But the label didn’t think they could sell it/ Recouped the first week/ I think there ain’t shit they can tell us.”)
His boasts continue with ATLiens Jeezy and 2 Chainz on “Kenny Lofton” and “Chris Tucker” respectively, but things hit a somber note on “3 Wishes”. With endearing poignancy, he verbalizes his desires to help his mother and incarcerated friend.
At only six songs, there’s a small margin for error. So even if “Head Bussa” is a bit contrived, nobody’s perfect. —B.Dot