J. Cole's Pursuit of Love: "Dreams," "Power Trip," "Deja Vu"

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Fascinated by the mere thought of potential love, J. Cole’s ability to sync love into his own perspective from the outside in, is impeccable.

Discovering J. Cole in 2009 from my brother, the sound was refreshing. “Grown Simba” and “Dreams” earned the most plays in my iTunes. “Dreams” held Cole’s reserved personality and confidence was lacked. “Grown Simba” is where Cole’s musical ambitions turned him from a cub to a full-grown lion. Yet, “Dreams” caught me, as Cole would begin somewhat of a trilogy with songs. We would find ourselves heaved into his mind. It was evident that he had no plans on giving up on this love interest, even if she had a lover already.J. Cole's Pursuit of Love: "Dreams," "Power Trip," "Deja Vu"

 Seems like I always had crushes on chicks I couldn’t have… But still somehow she got my mind infatuated — absolutely fascinated with the thought of what she might be like.

Cole’s grip on his dreams versus reality, doesn’t pair well with the connection. But the chased didn’t end. Cole’s demented plan to kill off her lover takes place in “Power Trip.” It’s now four years later and Cole now has a deal with Roc Nation and the confidence roams the sky’s limit.

Had a thing for ya, even wrote the song “Dreams” for ya

Approaching the girl of his dreams is not out of reach, not throwing a single care about her significant other — for he’ll soon be the significant other. Cole finally finishes off what he planned years ago, finally killing off the other guy and pursuing his love interest. His plan was:

I’mma follow in my car; I’mma cut in front of his
Run him right into the wall, maybe even off the bridge

I give her a little time, then console her while she crying
She gon’ take that as a sign; finally she will be mine

I’ll be king, and she’ll be queen when I hit her with ring
At the wedding, who gon’ sing?

Now this looks all-too familiar. It’s like deja vu. Cole finds himself interested in another woman who is taken. “Deja Vu” comes three years after “Power Trip” and seven years after “Dreams.” By now, you’d think he’d learn his lesson.

I saw you in the party soft lips soft spoken
I came and talked to you but homie interfered now
He introduced you as his girl and I was heartbroken
Some people talk about that love at first sight shit
To keep it real I don’t know whether I believe it’s true
But if it is then tell me if I’m wrong or right
If I fell in love with you before I ever even knew

Throughout these tracks, Cole dives into his imagination. He’s in love before actually showing or giving love to the women he’s in pursuit of. Not only that, he’s attempting to get rid of another man, in order to accomplish this. In Deja Vu, the only difference is that he actually knows the guy the girl is dating. But the unhinged pen of Cole never ceased operation before, so it wouldn’t do it now.