Is summer really over? I guess I shouldn’t complain because with LA weather, we’ll be able to go to the beach in December and laugh in the face of the rest of the country! Ha! Getting back on topic… I’ve been trying to pick the right [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]J. Cole[/lastfm] song to feature and today I found the winner. Maybe it’s because this song reminds me of summer or maybe it’s because I’m craving a piña colada, either way enjoy my Playlist pick for the week.

J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story was just released on the 27th and if you haven’t heard about him yet, I think you’ll start to hear his name more after this. He’s worked with AMP Artists [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Drake[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Missy Elliot[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] who is also his mentor. His collabo with Jay-Z called “Nice Watch” is getting him a lot of attention, and his song “Work Out” samples lyrics from one of my favorite 80’s songs, “Straight Up“… yes, by THE [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paula Abdul[/lastfm].

I wanted to share a lighter track from his CD, and the fact that “Can’t Get Enough” features [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Trey Songz[/lastfm] doesn’t hurt. Not. One. Bit. Funny because it reminds me a lot of “Big Pimpin’” and that might just be HOV’s musical influence on J. Cole coming through.

So go blend yourself a weekend celebratory margarita and push play. Again, let me know if you like it, don’t like it, or any suggestions on next week’s pick! I read (and appreciate) every single comment. xo —S


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