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J. Cole celebrated his 29th birthday today, but that was far from the only reason for this surprise release. Cole and his Dreamville affiliates released details into their recent partnership with Interscope records, and then decided to drop this eleven track compilation to give the fans a taste of what’s to come. I haven’t kept up to much with the Dreamville team in the past but I’ve consistently been impressed with Cole’s ability to take a simple message and turn it into poetry. The dude probably has the most pen game in the industry right now, and if not the most then definitely the most elegant. Other Dreamville artists showcased in this compilation include Bas, Omen, K-Quick, and Treasure Davis. I don’t know when the full “Lil Niggaz” track will be released but keep your eye out because Cole’s take on Tupac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” is some serious heat. Hit that play button, love the tunes, and enjoy the first Dreamville project of the new year.