Personally, a song that really got me through fighting my internal demons was J. Cole’s ‘Show Me Something’.
Taken on face value, the track itself is not Cole’s greatest. It never made any of his projects, the production is sub-par in comparison to his other material and lyrically it does not possess the most intricate rhyme schemes.
But with music, beauty often lies in the ear of the beholder.
I discovered it at a time in my life where I felt quite helpless.
As a young teen, I was often overwhelmed by my personal surroundings and felt lost when trying to understand my purpose in the world. I went through an internal conflict of wanting to persevere yet at times feeling utterly helpless. They were many days where I would often become a victim of my own thoughts and was not quite sure what the solutions to my problems were. Even in writing this, I am struggling to express what exactly went through my mind at the time.
Upon finding this track, Cole’s words vocalized how I felt about the world, and my place in it.
During this phase, being a fairly reserved individual, I refrained from the outer world witnessing my mental state, and pushed through each day at that time without giving much away. Even if I wanted to, I was not quite sure whom to speak to or what to say and that definitely prolonged my psychological issues.
I didn’t resonate directly with every single lyric, but it still felt as if Cole was my personal spokesperson, expressing my emotions in a manner I was unable to do so myself. Listening to his words would uplift my mood without fail and reinstall my motivation. For a few months, there was not a single day where I would go without having this be the first song I heard on my journey to school.
Even now, if I ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I open up my SoundCloud and give it a quick listen.
I would not go as far as to say he saved my life. However, the timing of hearing this Cole record got me through a phase where, when I probably needed it most – I found something.
Written by Ali Humayun