ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Review of J. Cole's 'Middle Child'

Updated on March 5, 2019
Ikennaoke profile image

Ikenna Okeh is a poet and novelist based in Cyprus. He's written and published two narrative verses which are likened to Homer's Iliad.

Once I had a chat with someone who’d lost taste in Hip Hop for the reason that he believed the genre to have lost its essence and instead served for derogatory purposes. All the same, he expressed hope in pointing that this generation is seeing some artists coming back on track. Surprisingly this outlook, to a great extent, mirrors the theme of J. Cole’s ‘Middle Child’. You can’t help but identify with the lyrical content even as you savour the musical entertainment you are being treated to.

J. Cole
J. Cole | Source

What's The Worth Of The Lyrics?

‘Middle Child’ is a song in whose lyrics the listener is to find a generous measure of essence. It makes a stand against the societal wrongs which Hip Hop has served to glorify – avarice, consumerism, gun violence, distorted self image. And then it extols the virtues of hard work and tenacity upon which legendary Hip Hop figures had built their name.

"... Everything grows, it's destined to change
I love you lil' niggas, I'm glad that you came
I hope that you scrape every dollar you can
I hope you know money won't erase the pain
To the OGs, I'm thankin' you now
Was watchin' you when you was pavin' the ground
I copied your cadence, I mirrored your style
I studied the greats, I'm the greatest right now
Fuck if you feel me, you ain't got a choice
Now I ain't do no promo, still made all that noise
This year gon' be different, I set my intentions
I promise to slap all that hate out your voice ..."

J.Cole | Source

On Instrumentals And Vocals

The short instrumental intro suits the purpose – setting the right mood and building effortlessly into the song. I find it quite theatrical. And talking about instrumental accompaniments, it’s a tasteful assortment of sounds, mellow, with a solid bass that lends an assured balance to the rhythm. It does not compete with the artist’s vocals, but lends its complementary weight and flows in par with the dynamics of the song laudable for its riveting qualities. This testifies to informed sound production.

Very much noticed is the ease with which J. Cole delivers his rap lyrics. It comes to him natural and laden with feeling. His vocals are honest and quite easily communicate the mood of the song. There’s rhythm in his delivery of rap lyrics. You can’t help but feel it, for it’s not covered up by the instrumentals, but complemented by it instead.

The Video

Will I Recommend 'Middle Child' To You?

Overall, I like this track. I stumbled upon it and have had it on replay for most of the day. The artistic quality is top notch and the theme of the song is socially relevant both as an instrument for moral guidance and as some edifying entertainment in street parlance. I will recommend it for any Hip Hop enthusiasts looking to listen to songs with rich lyrical and artistic worth.

Michelle Obama's memoir, 'Becoming' is now available in audiobook. Narrated by Michelle Obama herself, I find the listening experience riveting and enjoyable.

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)