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Cole World: The Sideline Story
     

Cole World: The Sideline Story

by J. Cole
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2015
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0888750724823
catalogNumber:
507248
Rank:
9078

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Tracks

  1. Intro
  2. Dollar & A Dream
  3. Can't Get Enough
  4. Lights Please
  5. Interlude
  6. Sideline Story
  7. Mr. Nice Watch
  8. Cole World
  9. In The Morning
  10. Lost Ones
  11. Nobody's Perfect
  12. Never Told
  13. Rise And Shine
  14. God's Gift
  15. Breakdown
  16. Work Out

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J. Cole   Primary Artist

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