One of the bigger surprises for hip-hop this year was the release plan for J. Cole's third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which is in stores today and available for purchase on iTunes. Cole kept his album plans close to his chest for most of the year while he worked on the 13-song project that doesn't include any featured artists, and has additional production from DJ DahiIllmindCardiak​, and more.

Cole spoke in-depth about the album, and much more in the December/January 2015 cover story for Complex, which you can read in full here. With the release of the project on iTunes, 2014 Forest Hills Drive has also become available to stream via Spotify, which you can do so below. 

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