My Take on “Wet Dreamz”

I was recently given an assignment to find a song that reflects the characteristics of adolescence. The song I chose is, the one and only, “Wet Dreamz” by J. Cole. This song so uniquely expresses the teenage experience with the lyricism by an artist loved across the globe.

The song tells the story of when artist, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, smashed for the first time a.k.a. lost his virginity. This story begins in his math class when he finds one of his long haired, brown skinned, fat *ssed classmates attractive. They were young and crushing, passing notes to each other when he starts having wet dreams about her and can’t wait to get to school. Back in math class, he recieves a friendly note from the girl asking if he’s ever had s*x before. To which he lies and replies yes, even though he had not been in p*ssy since the day he came out one. This brave young woman then proceeds to ask him to show her. Obviously excited for his first time young Jermaine goes home to practice. You know, putting condoms on and to see if he got his stroke right. When the time comes it turns out this young woman had not had s*x before either, which she let him know with not but one second to spare. Young Jermaine had been nervous the whole time because he had never done that before, but neither had the girl. 

I chose this song because it reflects many characteristics and aspects of adolescents. Such as biological growth and development, the search for self,  increased pressure, and increased decision making. Wet Dreamz being the name of the song, hit’s the biological growth and development characteristic perfectly. The situation of J. Cole being attracted to a girl in his math class is so purely adolescent male. “Cause when I seen ’em thighs on her and them hips on her and them lips on her- Got me daydreaming, man what.” The natural phenomena of wet dreaming occurs in adolescents when they have grown and developed enough to be interested in sex. So, this being J. Cole’s first daydream about this particular girl, would have it fit the characteristic of adolescence very well. I think the line most unique to the developing male adolescent is,“Teacher please don’t make me stand up”. The situation is biological but also a moment around half the population could relate to, whether it be in their past or in their current lives. In my opinion, this is why Jermaine is such a great artist, he can make people relate to his music, even if you’re not male.

I believe the song was written to illustrate when J. Cole lost his virginity and how he handled the situation. Maybe to give insight to kids that he was nervous too when it was his first time. Or maybe he just decided to make a song out of it because it’s a good story and he is a talented writer. Either way, we thank J. Cole for deciding to share with us this absolute bop. 

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