J. Cole Told Us All About ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ Track ‘Wet Dreamz’ Back In 2010

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J. Cole’s cutting room floor must be littered with would-be classics.

The prolific recorder is notoriously secretive about his music before it drops. But back in 2010, he opened up to VIBE about one shelved record that will now appear on his upcoming third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

The tracklist, which Cole released on Saturday (Nov. 29), reveals a song called “Wet Dreamz” that the Carolina lyricist spoke with VIBE about four years ago, as he was crafting his major label debut Cole World: The Sideline Story.

“It’s a classic J. Cole song, ‘cause it’s really on some reminiscent vibe,” Cole told me about “Wet Dreamz,” as he was preparing to perform “All I Want Is You” with Miguel on BET’s 106 & Park. He was cryptic, but still described the self-produced record as a cross between “Dreams” and “School Daze,” two favorites from his early mixtapes The Warm Up and The Come Up, respectively.

“It’s a real cool song,” he continued. “Everybody will be able to relate. Especially males. They’ll laugh.”

Cole has been taking it back to his beginnings in the swift, grassroots rollout for his Born Sinner followup. He invited lucky fans to his childhood home (his album shares its name with the address) for early listens of his latest work. The LP’s artwork shows him sitting on the roof of the house. And he’s even recreated the room he grew up in, from the cassette deck stereo to the analog MPC to the rap posters and magazine cutouts on the walls.

While J. Cole says he’s getting back to the basics with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, we’re sure the album will be anything but. Buy it when it drops next week, on Dec. 9. —John Kennedy