A special, J. Cole-centric edition of "Samples Of The Week."
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
After Mac Miller released his lengthy, sample-heavy tape Faces earlier this year, we gave him his own special edition of "Samples Of The Week," and now, we've opted to do the same for J. Cole and his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, which uses many more samples than most full-lengths that have dropped this year.