Ever wanted to know what made the artists in your music library tick? What albums inspired their own? Their own personal musical history? Wonder no more for Mytacism Music has got your Monday Inspiration to show you the albums that inspired the albums. This week we are asking Kendall Clark why J. Cole’s ‘Forest Hills Drive’ inspired him.
What made you pick up the album?
When I was high school heard so much of J Cole I became obsessed with his writing style. He was the guy who’s talking about real life and real issues and taking you through a whole situation in one song that amaze me so when I heard that he was dropping his album on social media I had to get it the first day of came out.
Where were you when you first heard the album in its entirety?
When I first heard the album I was in the studio actually recording some of my music when I forgot I had pre-ordered the album so I sat in for 2 hours bumping the whole album though the speakers, absolutely amazing.
Where did the album take you on your first listen?
When I first heard the album it took me on a nostalgic journey – every song is a stage of his life that he’d been through and since he is such a reliable person it brought back so many feelings of past days and the parts I couldn’t really relate to he was taking you through it was as if you was really there.
Why did it inspire your own work?
I wanted to make a project where I give you a small snippet of where I am in life, hence the title “Small Ventures”. So every extension that I release from this point will be your story of where I am in life at that point in time.
Are there any lyrics that stuck with you from the record?
Some of the lyrics that stuck out of my head was from the song called “03 Adolescent” – “In love with the baddest girl in the city I wish I knew her I wish I weren’t so shy I wish I was a bit more fly“. I feel like that related to me so much because I’m that guy.
Do you have a favourite track? What is it and why?
My favorite track on the album has to be “A Tale of 2 Citiez” – that song you can get wild with and at the same time get something out of it.
Do you have any particular memories attached to the record?
My personal memories I have with this album was listening to the album 5 times a day thinking of ways how I can write like him and become a better artist.