Forest Hills Drive: Live from Fayetteville, NC
Label: Roc Nation/Columbia
Jermaine Cole returns home to Fayetteville, NC’s Crown Coliseum for this live rendition of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive. “I’m the same dude that was right down the street, working at the skating rink, daydreaming about this shit,” he tells an adoring audience that frequently sings and raps along with him. Many of his songs revisit his teenage years: he daydreams about exotic locales on “St. Tropez,” which interpolates the chorus from Rufus’ “Hollywood,” and remembers losing his virginity on “Wet Dreamz.” Cole employs a full backing band, replete with a backing chorus that shines on “January 28,” while he portrays himself as a local boy made good.