J. Cole has released two new highly anticipated singles –  “The Climb Back” and “Lion King on Ice.” Yet, these two new tracks don’t seem to offer anything much different from what fans are used to from the rapper.

Cole doesn’t seem to rap much differently – lyrically with most of his tracks he just storytelling his struggles and experiences. Though he’s well known for this, his new single sound almost repetitive. The track “The Climb Back” is a narrative, descriptive song detailing his struggles with fame and success. The other track, “Lion King on Ice,” offers a hyper beat and tone that is somewhat more authentic but still lacking differentiation. 

Cole is an artist well-praised for his lyrical skills, but we expected much more of him from his new music in terms of growth.