The Cultural Significance Of J. Cole’s Dreadlocks

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What’s the big deal about J Cole’s Dreadlocks?

They are natural and free. This is contrary to the status quo of manicured, neat looking locs.

J Cole has broken the mold of twisted, colored locs and have inspired the younger (and older) generation to embrace their natural hair and texture.

In the day and age where in the Top 5 most related key words on google to DREADLOCKS is a music artist named Lil Pump… 


It’s no wonder why J. Cole’s locs have stood out not just as hair, but as a statement that not only reflects his creativity but his personal integrity as well.

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Speaking of J. Cole and Lil Pump, check out this video of the two having a sit down conversation.

You’re going to want to see this…

I know some might say, “It’s just hair, what the big deal?”

The big deal is that how we wear our locs is a reflection of our personalities. Have you ever noticed that your hair style reflects your personality and character?

I’m not saying that you should freeform or twist your locs because one is right and one is wrong.

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I’m saying that for J. Cole to be a rising star of the millennial demographic, where its more common to see manicured locs, and to go from being damn near bald to having a full head of spectacular freeform locs is a big deal.

Also, I say freeform with hesitation because I did not ask the man personally if he manipulates his hair in anyway or not.

Mos Def said in “Fear not of man”:

“Listen, people be askin me all the time
“Yo Mos, what’s gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?”
(Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?)
I tell em, “You know what’s gonna happen with Hip-Hop?
Whatever’s happening with us”
If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out
If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright
People talk about Hip-Hop like it’s some giant livin in the hillside
Comin down to visit the townspeople
We are Hip-Hop
Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop
So Hip-Hop is going where we going
So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is going
Ask yourself: where am I going? How am I doing?
’til you get a clear idea
So if Hip-Hop is about the people
And the Hip-Hop won’t get better until the people get better
Then how do people get better? (Hmmmm)
Well, from my understanding people get better
When they start to understand that, they are valuable
And they not valuable because they got a whole lot of money
Or cause somebody, think they sexy
But they valuable cause they been created by God
And God, makes you valuable”

If you relate that concept to dreadlocks: if our hair is twisted, contained by contaminants, and taken out of its natural element and purpose then where do you think we are?

J. Cole is making is a very important statement with his locs.

To me, that statement is “Be proud to be yourself“.

J. Cole, March 2018 (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

With that being said..

Everyone wants to know how to get J. Cole locs, well here’s the secret…


His locs look the way they do because they have gone through a unique growth process that can only be achieved with time and a particular hair texture.

You don’t NEED all the extra products promoted in the dreadlock community.

You want a head full of healthy, thick locs? Then don’t be afraid to be patient and let your hair go through all of the stages.

Be Happy To Be Nappy.


Amazon Link to Album: KOD (Explicit) by J. Cole




Author: Jason Williams

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