By D.L. Chandler
North Carolina MC J.Cole released his highly-anticipated mixapte Friday Night Lights on, er, Friday (November 12) and the effort has garnered supporters—and detractors.
“A lot of these tracks are album material, must be hard to pick which ones to keep and give away,” said Kevin M, a fan on the Roc Nation artist’s Facebook page.
“First of all I’m a huge J. Cole fan and it’s cool that he drops this mixtape for free, but I think if this was an album it wouldn’t sell … ,” said Thorsten K.
Cole remained on Twitter throughout Saturday and Sunday promoting the tape, and his fans responded in kind, voicing their opinion on Friday Night Lights.
“I already knew this, but #FridayNightLights confirmed it for everybody else … @JColeNC is hip-hop’s best new artist. #handsdown,” tweeted @WhatUpBP.
Still, everyone wasn’t impressed.
“The Warm Up was better,” said @iKilan, referring to Cole’s second mixtape. “Rhymes great; concepts good; beats so, need more pros; hooks were meh.”
Despite the criticism, the buzz for the Roc Nation MC’s third mixtape was so strong that the link to the tape itself on his Dream Villain web site crashed within hours of its post. Fortunately, the MC was savvy enough to offer alternate links through his Twitter account.
“My site been flooded all day, been trying to get it to work but they saying it’s too packed in there. The # they told me is fkn ridiculous,” wrote the humbled star.
Friday Night Lights should keep his fans happy until Cole’s as-yet-untitled major label debut LP drops sometime in 2011. If not, the lanky MC’s followers will no doubt make their opinions to the “Who Dat” star.
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