For awhile, I thought J.Cole’s debut album “Cole World: The Sideline Story” would never come—sort of like the revitalization of Lauryn Hill’s once promising solo career.
But today’s finally the day. After far too many Jay-Z/Roc Nation rumors and delays in getting his first single pushed out (thanks to clearance issues involving a Kanye West sample), J.Cole has released an album that actually appears to be worth the wait.
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The best rap music is capable of both being a club banger and a mirror to society. Catchy radio tunes are great, but when an artist gives listeners a peek into their mind and soul, that’s when music becomes a true art form.
And that’s what “Cole World” does. Yes, the bravado and machismo is there (this is hip hop), but Cole is also rapping about his hard knock life—namely his mother who struggled to make ends meet, and the most common denominator rappers share in this game—an absent father.
If you’re a fan of Cole’s previous mixtapes, his debut album won’t disappoint. And if you’re completely new to the music of J.Cole, well, welcome to Cole’s world.
Below, check out the tracklist for “Cole World: The Sideline Story”:
2. Dollar & A Dream III
3. Can’t Get Enough f/ Trey Songz
4. Lights Please
6. Sideline Story
7. Mr. Nice Watch f/ Jay-Z
8. Cole World
9. In the Morning f/ Drake
10. Lost Ones
11. Nobody’s Perfect f/ Missy Elliott
12. Never Told
13. Rise & Shine
14. God’s Gift
16. Work Out (Bonus)
17. Who Dat (Bonus)
18. Daddy’s Little Girl (Bonus)
To the left, check out J.Cole performing “Mr. Nice Watch” and “Work Out” at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
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