J. Cole released his most personal and autobiographical album to date, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, two weeks ago to rave reviews and an immaculately positive reception from his fan base. In addition, he may have just saved this one fan’s life.
A Tumblr screenshot posted to Reddit and the OnlyHipHopFacts Twitter finds a man that’s been homeless for just over two weeks telling the story of how he’s gotten by living on the streets: stealing from the local grocery so he could eat for the first time in two days and hanging out in Starbucks for free internet access. In it, he describes the moment he decided he was going to take his life–and how he was going to go about it–but explains that he quickly changed his mind after hearing a song off 2014 Forest Hills Drive. That song, “Love Yourz,” made him decide against suicide, and “gave me a bit of strength to try and continue.” Chances are, lyrics like the following, taken from “Love Yourz,” helped.
It’s beauty in the struggle, ugliness in the success
Hear my words or listen to my signal of distress
I grew up in the city and though some times we had less
Compared to some of my n****s down the block man we were blessed
And life can’t be no fairytale, no once upon a time
But I be God damned if a n***a don’t be tryin’