There have been some recent rumblings circulating surrounding the potential release of a collaboration album between two of today’s hottest artists Kendrick Lamar, and J Cole. But, is all this merely a rumor? Or, is it bound to happen? Well for fans of both artists the dream collaboration is beginning to look like more of a reality. After a Facebook post from Kendrick's sister, Kayla Duckworth, this potential album - which has been titled Reminiscing by fans - may drop as soon as February 16th. Although it has since been removed, nothing is truly ever deleted from the internet.
After hearing the news last year of a potential project featuring the two industry giants - being a fan of both Kendrick Lamar (since 2010's Overly Dedicated) and J. Cole (since 2009's The Warm Up) - I expect nothing but greatness from these lyrical assassins. When discussing the possibility of the materialization of a body of work between the two, TDE President Dave Free stated during an interview:
“A joint album does sound great, but people need to understand, these are two geniuses. These are two creative guys. It takes a long time for one of them to get in a space to create a song, so to get two of them in a space to do that, it takes a lot of time and energy. It all has to be a singular project, but it just can’t happen overnight. Of course, they’re two of the biggest rappers out, but they still have to keep grinding. There’s so much work that they have to continue to do.”
One thing for sure, Cole and Kendrick have definitely been busy. These two have managed to drop some of the hottest music of our era. Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly has already received two Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album in 2016. Additionally, based on 145 individual year-end lists compiled by Metacritic, Kenrick’s album happens to be the most critically acclaimed album of 2015 topping 51 of the 101 lists that it appeared on. In comparison, J. Cole’s platinum album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive has garnered Album of the Year and Top Rap Album considerations for 2015 in both the BET Hip Hop Awards and Billboard Music Awards, as well as also being a nominee for Best Rap Album at the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Kayla Duckworth's comments on the release date came around Thanksgiving when the two rappers each dropped a song called "Black Friday." They both cleverly went in over a beat from the other artist's album and in doing so provided the ultimate tease to music fans and, for many, solidified the suspicions of a full collaboration project. Both Kendrick and Cole's remixes created a massive amount of hype as these two releases stacked up 30 million and 17 million plays, respectively, and garnered universal praise in less than three months. In J. Cole's freestyle over Lamar’s “Alright,” Cole added some lyrics clearly meant to further the hysteria for a future release saying, “When you and K. Dot shit dropping? Bitch never, they can’t handle two black niggas this clever. But this February, bet shit get scary when I fuck around and drop...” If this album/tape actually does drop tomorrow, or even in this month, it could potentially become the greatest collaboration of all time.