Born Sinner [Deluxe] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If his debut found J. Cole bringing the sound of Drake down to the streets, the Roc Nation rapper's sophomore effort finds him going for the full Illuminati and attempting an ambitious, multi-faceted album in the style of his label boss, Jay-Z. No spoiler alert required for that one as the opening "Villuminati" has the gall to sample Biggie's classic "Juicy" while using Jay's nickname as a mantra by repeating "Sometimes I brag like Hov," but besides this, Born Sinner is the a more self-confessional and word-filled effort than before, all of it very busy and Black Album minus the references to Beyoncé and the beats from Rick Rubin. Cole is the one who produced most of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If his debut found J. Cole bringing the sound of Drake down to the streets, the Roc Nation rapper's sophomore effort finds him going for the full Illuminati and attempting an ambitious, multi-faceted album in the style of his label boss, Jay-Z. No spoiler alert required for that one as the opening "Villuminati" has the gall to sample Biggie's classic "Juicy" while using Jay's nickname as a mantra by repeating "Sometimes I brag like Hov," but besides this, Born Sinner is the a more self-confessional and word-filled effort than before, all of it very busy and Black Album minus the references to Beyoncé and the beats from Rick Rubin. Cole is the one who produced most of the album himself with his Kanye-sense of sampling (work songs, gospel, old soul, etc.) and his love of hard bass (check "Trouble," "Chaining Day," or infectious single "Power Trip" for some great low end) both returning from before, but it's his love of jazz that provides the greatest rewards as "Forbidden Fruit" (it's like Erykah Baduh meets Ice Cube on this soulful dude cut with guest Kendrick Lamar) and "Let Nas Down" (a pledge to honor the man with better rhymes and less pop) are both driven by their Blue Note-inspried backbeats. All this bold borrowing is backed up by lyrics that flow fine until their shocking twists ("She raisin' that guy's kids while she swallowin' mine"), while "She Knows" with Dirty Projectors vocalist Amber Coffman is shameless enough to spit "This is Martin Luther King in the Club/With a bad bitch in his ear/Saying that she down for whatever/In the back of his mind is Coretta." It's snide, smart-ass stuff and when it comes to sublime
idiculous balancing act that his heroes Jay-Z and Nas have mastered, Cole is a little short on the sublime side here to be considered classic. Still, "Crooked Smile" with special guests TLC is a genuine, mature step in the right direction and will have no trouble reaching vintage age. A handful of other numbers carry that same weight, making Born Sinner a daring step forward for Cole and an exciting attempt at mastering Jay's Blueprint style. [A deluxe Edition added a second disc with five bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837302821
  • Catalog Number: 373028
  • Sales rank: 10,410

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Villuminati (5:07)
  2. 2 Kerney Sermon (Skit) (0:46)
  3. 3 Land of the Snakes (4:14)
  4. 4 Power Trip - Miguel (4:01)
  5. 5 Mo Money (Interlude) (1:17)
  6. 6 Trouble (4:18)
  7. 7 Runaway (5:14)
  8. 8 She Knows (4:56)
  9. 9 Rich Niggaz (4:36)
  10. 10 Where's Jermaine? (Skit) (0:36)
  11. 11 Forbidden Fruit - Kendrick Lamar (4:28)
  12. 12 Chaining Day (4:44)
  13. 13 Ain't That Some Shit (Interlude) (2:27)
  14. 14 Crooked Smile (4:38)
  15. 15 Let Nas Down (4:37)
  16. 16 Born Sinner - @Fauntleroy (3:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Miss America (3:45)
  2. 2 New York Times (4:31)
  3. 3 Is She Gon Pop (2:45)
  4. 4 N****z Know (3:37)
  5. 5 Sparks Will Fly - Jhené Aiko (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J. Cole Primary Artist
Alvin Fields Choir Director
Jerry Grossman Cello
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Mary Wooten Cello
Cedric Brown Sampling
Maureen McDermott Cello
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Kyle Armbrust Viola
Nate Jones Bass
Desiree Elsevier Viola
Shmuel Katz Viola
Amber Coffman Background Vocals
DJ Dummy scratching
Meleni Smith Vocals
Yolanda DeBerry Background Vocals
Erika Johnson Choir, Chorus
Annaliesa Place Violin
Al Carty Bass
Jay Bratten Bass
Canei Finch Keyboards
Irvin Washington Bass
Christine Kim Cello
Joanna Maurer Violin, Concert Master
Felix Ramos Choir, Chorus
David Linaburg Guitar
Ron Gilmore Keyboards
Michael Harris Choir, Chorus
Ann Lehmann Violin
John Morgan Choir, Chorus
Isaiah Raheem Choir, Chorus
Rose Hart Choir, Chorus
Roman Marshall Choir, Chorus
William World Choir, Chorus
Courtnee Rose Percussion
Brett Sturgis Choir, Chorus
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt Viola
Natalis Ruby Rubero Choir, Chorus
Ari Feliciano Choir, Chorus
Alyse Maree Choir, Chorus
Gerald Smith Choir, Chorus
Tiffany Rodriguez Choir, Chorus
Tavon Nelson Choir, Chorus
Tanika Myers Background Vocals
Stephanie De Los Santos Choir, Chorus
Serena Hernandez Choir, Chorus
Sean Drew Choir, Chorus
Ronnie Artis Choir, Chorus
Jessica Antonetty Choir, Chorus
Jessenia Peña Choir, Chorus
Jamal Kris Ashby Choir, Chorus
David Southhorn Violin
K Nita Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Ronnie Foster Composer
Hubert Laws Composer
R. Kelly Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
James Mtume Composer
J.C. Olivier Composer
Sandra Park String Contractor
Pete Whitfield Orchestration
Ken Lewis Producer, Choir Arrangement, String Contractor, Choir Production
Elite Composer, Producer
Mark Pitts Executive Producer, Management
Chris Athens Mastering
André Benjamin Composer
50 Cent Composer
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
Brent Kolatalo Engineer
Hanan Rubinstein Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Madeline McKenna Composer
Meleni Smith Composer
Wayne Barrow Management
Marcos Tovar Engineer
Mario Hugo Art Direction, Illustrations
J. Cole Composer, Producer, Engineer
Juro "Mez" Davis Engineer
James Fauntleroy II Composer
Christian Rich Producer
Jermaine Cole Executive Producer
Jacob Dutton Composer
Fred Sladkey Engineer
Julius Garcia Management
Ron Gilmore String Arrangements
Carmen Roman Choir Contractor
Ryan Mattos Composer
Brooklin Dekker Composer
Bas Composer
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