J. Cole fans just earned more bragging rights, as if they needed them. The Fayetteville rapper’s famed album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ has just been certified platinum, with no features, for a third time. The Dreamville team confirmed the accomplishment via Twitter this past Wednesday (5/29).
‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ released back in December of 2014. The album attained gold status in 2015, and was certified platinum in January of 2016. The album then reached double platinum status nine months later in October of 2016. It’s been a long time coming (nearly three years) but it has finally reached triple platinum status.
In addition to achieving this status, a wonderful feat for any album, ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ did it with no features (as if J. Cole fans would let anyone forget). Cole’s last two album releases, ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ and ‘K.O.D.’, were also released with no features and have both been certified platinum, and his latest single, “Middle Child,” which released back in January, was the first song of 2019 to achieve multiplatinum status.
Cole has since been venturing out, after revealing to GQ Magazine that he’s come to realize the value in collaboration and doesn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to work with some of his closest friends and favorite rappers. He stated:
“I’ve reached a point in my life, where I’m like, ‘How long am I gonna be doing this for?’ I’m starting to realize like, oh shit—let’s say I stopped this year. I would feel like I missed out on certain experiences, you know? Working with certain artists, being more collaborative, making more friends out of peers, making certain memories that I feel like if I don’t, I’m gonna regret it one day.”
Cole’s latest releases have all been collaborations, the three most recent being “The London” with Young Thug and Travis Scott, “Purple Emoji” with Ty Dolla $ign, and “How Did I Get Here” with Offset. He has an album pending for release this year, and it will be interesting to see whether he chooses to include collaborations or attempt another platinum with no features project.