Roc Nation rapper/producer J. Cole has undoubtedly had a breakout year (See: his No. 5 slot on VIBE's Rookies of the Year list), with his cameo slots and kudos from some of the best in the game. You can add one more rapper to that list of cosigns.
Redman, whose solo album, Reggie, hit shelves last week, told VIBE he's been impressed with J. Cole's musical offerings thus far.
"J. Cole is hot. He's different," says Redman. "It seems like he got that hip-hop element, that essence in him, whereas as far the new cats they just talking about money and bitches. He still sounds like he got a touch of 90s in him, even though he's a new cat. I like that. He got substance to his raps."
Redman should know. Along with his rhyme partner Method Man, the Jersey-bred MC was part of the late '90s grimy hip-hop boom that dominated the music industry.
Cole has stayed bubbling via his single, "Blow Up" and a recently released mixtape, Friday Night Lights, as well as guest spots, including Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Friday track, "Looking For Trouble," and Keri Hilson's "By You."
The N.C. native's debut is scheduled for early 2011.