Matt’s Music Review: The Off Season

Matts Music Review: The Off Season

As we bring 2021 to a close and start 2022, it’s important to keep your music playlists fresh with the best music from the past year. Some of that music comes from Dreamville Records founder and legendary lyricist J. Cole, who released on May 21st, 2021 his most recent rap album “The Off-Season”, a short 12-song, 39-minute project that still carries a heavy punch in the rap game this year with a Grammy nomination for “Best Rap Album”.

Starting with the first track “95.South” with a clever gaming allusion, “Could put a M right on your head, you Luigi brother now,” Cole pairs his lyrics with great music production from Boi-1da who has created beats for other legendary rappers like Eminem and Drake.

Next up, “Best Rap Song” Grammy Nominee “my.life” has one of my favorite 21 Savage features out of all of his music. Tells a story of persistence and struggle that J. Cole went through while working towards his goals and how nothing is going to stop him now that he is successful.

Halfway through this project you will hear the platinum song “pride.is.the.devil” with a great feature from Lil Baby that comes unexpectedly because of how Lil Baby takes over halfway through one of J. Cole’s verses. His features stand out with creative lyrics such as “Got my speed up, foot on the gas, this is not a C8 ‘Vette”. Comparing the momentum of his career to the popular C8 Corvette sports car that goes up to 194 miles per hour.

Later in the project, not many songs stand out but the production and beats are greatly admired. Especially the ones on “interlude” and “close” which gives old-school Kanye vibes with the fast soul music samples looping in the background.

After listening to this rather short album and looking at both pros and cons I rate this album an 8/10.