J. Cole: Essentials

blame it on Shake May 17, 2013

Jermaine is next up to participate in Hype Beast’s ongoing Essentials series, emptying out his bag and breaking down his everyday needs.

Like many rappers, Cole considers no less than two chains, a bottle of Hennessy, and a hookah as necessary items. In another respect though, we find noise-canceling headphones, a pen and pad (rare in an age of smartphone raps), and even more convincingly: a copy of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel is of great importance here, as it symbolizes what has made J. Cole’s music so appealing over the years: the balance between dark and light.

Check the break down for each item over at HB and get ready for Born Sinner on June 25th.