Cole World… Indeed
After touring for nearly two years after signing to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and preparing for this album it is safe to say it has been along road for J. Cole. Even with his album leaking seven days before its set release date it has not stopped his loyal fanbase from buying and supporting his album sales. The expectations for “Cole World: The Sideline Story” may have seemed high, but it is clear that J. Cole knows what the standards are. His debut is one of the most impressive works of the upcoming rappers today, and probably one of the best albums of 2011. He shows off lyricism and wittiness in songs with Jay-Z and Trey Songz (“Mr. Nice Watch”, “Can’t Get Enough”). He even manages to sweet talk the ladies with “In The Morning” and “Nobody’s Perfect”. Yet there is never a lack of instrospective such as in “Sideline Story”, and thoughtful lyricism in “A Dollar and a Dream III” finds J. Cole revisiting a theme from his past mixtapes. In songs such as “God’s Gift”, “Breakdown”, “Daddy’s Little Girl” and “Rise and Shine” he shows off his lyrical capabilities while painting pictures and giving fans detailed stories of both pain and aspiration. J. Cole has given a great album that consists of various elements and feels complete, an album everyone should buy.
Don’t forget J. Cole performed earlier in his career at SOBs!! He rocked it!!