Album Review: “Cole World: The Sideline Story”
For the past few months rap albums have been flowing freely to the public. A new album from Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV, has had enormous success and includes tracks like “6 foot 7 foot,” “President Carter,” and “So Special.” Then there’s Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaboration album, Watch The Throne which includes tracks “Why I Love You,” “Lift Off,” and “Otis.” There is also The Game’s, The R.E.D. Album, that have songs like “The City,” “Red Nation,” and “Mama Knows.” Finally, another album that I have magnificent praise for is Finally Famous by Big Sean. This is his debut album and has single tracks like “My Last,” “High,” and “I Do It.” However, between all of these great albums only one has impressed me monumentally: Cole World: The Sideline Story by J. Cole. His mentor is Jay-Z, who has been under his wing and been working his head off for his album.
His biggest hit is “Lights Please” which talks about him getting a girl and believing true love happens when he can’t see her. My personal favorite single off of his track is “Higher” because it’s a slow paced rap with a nice flow and creative lyrics that give it a club-like feeling. If you enjoy rap artists similar to Big Sean, Wale, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa then J. Cole has what you need. He has added to songs from his last EPs “The Come Up,” “The Warm up,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Work Out” and ”Who Dat”. He has tracks featuring other artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, and many more. The array of different spit styles allow J. Cole to give his album a smooth and diverse feel to it that has at least one track for every person that has a taste for rap. In the end I would end up giving Cole World: The Sideline Story a nine out of ten. I feel like his own personality and ambiance give him his own presence on stage and could potentially be a competitor against popular artists like Lil Wayne and Kanye West.
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