Cole World: The Sideline Story [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Anyone who encountered his numerous mixtapes can tell you that before his official debut landed, rapper/producer J. Cole had spent some time bringing the whole Drake, Wale, and Big Sean style to a more street level. It's worth mentioning because Cole World: The Sideline Story has little of that debut desire to cross over, and while the multi-talented Cole is a skilled, interesting beat-maker in his own right, a superstar production would have certainly made this album more approachable. Instead, No I.D. -- the biggest behind-the-boards name here -- turns in a sluggy, druggy construction for "Never Told," Cole's deep, rich study of father/son confidence. Cole handles most...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Anyone who encountered his numerous mixtapes can tell you that before his official debut landed, rapper/producer J. Cole had spent some time bringing the whole Drake, Wale, and Big Sean style to a more street level. It's worth mentioning because Cole World: The Sideline Story has little of that debut desire to cross over, and while the multi-talented Cole is a skilled, interesting beat-maker in his own right, a superstar production would have certainly made this album more approachable. Instead, No I.D. -- the biggest behind-the-boards name here -- turns in a sluggy, druggy construction for "Never Told," Cole's deep, rich study of father/son confidence. Cole handles most of the rest on his own, turning in B+ stabs at dubstep ("Mr. Nice Watch" with guest and label boss Jay-Z), indie-hop ("Cole World" or "flossin' with a laptop"), and his own humbler version of the Roc-A-Fella sound (the great single "Lights Please"). Add an "Intro" and then a part III -- the first two parts to be found on earlier mixtapes -- and you're practically telling the aboveground crowd they're stale from the start, but the tradeoff is a talent that has matured in the underground and is free of any forced outside influence. Cole's fantastic style shoots off bold punch lines one minute ("I blow brains, Cobain-style") and then goes deep the next, with equal skill and all while stringing together eye-level, real-life stories that have that classic flow. The reservation count is high and the flaw count is zero, and in this case, that's the proper formula for a rich hip-hop album. Take a couple listens, let it sink in, and then discover that Cole World is one hell of a debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886975792023
  • Catalog Number: 757920
  • Sales rank: 1,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:22)
  2. 2 Dollar and a Dream III (4:43)
  3. 3 Can't Get Enough (3:45)
  4. 4 Lights Please (3:28)
  5. 5 Interlude (1:39)
  6. 6 Sideline Story (3:57)
  7. 7 Mr. Nice Watch (3:57)
  8. 8 Cole World (3:04)
  9. 9 In the Morning (3:54)
  10. 10 Lost Ones (4:23)
  11. 11 Nobody's Perfect (3:10)
  12. 12 Never Told (3:31)
  13. 13 Rise and Shine (4:34)
  14. 14 God's Gift (3:32)
  15. 15 Breakdown (4:50)
  16. 16 Work Out (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
J. Cole Primary Artist
No I.D. Vocals
Bosko Talk Box
Andrew Lippman Trombone
Kevin Randolph Keyboards, Vocals
Nate Jones Bass
Chris Bautista Trumpet
Steve Wyreman Guitar
Yolanda Renee Vocals
Canei Finch Keyboards
David Linaburg Guitar
Jasmisha Vocals
Ron Gilmore Keyboards
Reginald Paul Tenor Saxophone
Kim Fox Vocals
Dante Thomas Alto Saxophone
1500 or Nothin Orchestra Strings
Technical Credits
Milton Nascimento Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Eero Koivistoinen Composer
Elliot Wolff Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
No I.D. Additional Production
Mark Pitts Executive Producer
Shawn Carter Composer
Miri Ben-Ari Composer
Kanye West Composer
Liz Hausle Marketing
John Stephens Composer
Brian Kidd Producer
Larrance Dopson Music Direction
Carter Administration Executive Producer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Bosko Kante Composer
Alex Haldi Graphic Design, Art Direction
J. Cole Producer, Executive Producer
Juro "Mez" Davis Producer, Engineer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham Composer
Canei Finch Additional Production
Chaka Pilgrim Marketing
Jermaine Cole Composer
The University Producer
Ron Gilmore Additional Production
Sukmeke Rainey Composer
Jana Fleishman Publicity
Natalya Davis Marketing
1500 or Nothin Orchestra Instrumentation
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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    Great CD J. cole is a great rapper

    Great CD J. cole is a great rapper

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