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Format: CD
Sku: 223437796
UPC: 886975792023
UPC 14: 00886975792023
Release Date: 9/27/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ J. Cole (Rap)
2. Dollar and a Dream III ~ J. Cole (Rap)
3. Can't Get Enough - (featuring Trey Songz) ~ J. Cole (Rap)
4. Lights Please ~ J. Cole (Rap)
5. Interlude ~ J. Cole (Rap)
6. Sideline Story ~ J. Cole (Rap)
7. Mr. Nice Watch - (featuring Jay-Z) ~ J. Cole (Rap)
8. Cole World ~ J. Cole (Rap)
9. In the Morning - (featuring Drake) ~ J. Cole (Rap)
10. Lost Ones ~ J. Cole (Rap)
11. Nobody's Perfect ~ J. Cole (Rap)
12. Never Told ~ J. Cole (Rap)
13. Rise and Shine ~ J. Cole (Rap)
14. God's Gift ~ J. Cole (Rap)
15. Breakdown ~ J. Cole (Rap)
16. Work Out ~ J. Cole (Rap)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Cole's Crib, New York, NY; KMA Studios, New York, NY; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Roc The Mic Studios, New York, NY; Stadium Red, New York, NY; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Wava Glow Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Leann Mueller.
Muze PNote 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. ~ David Jeffries

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Trey Songz
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist Drake
Muze Guest Artist Missy Elliott

Artist Overview

After numerous days standing outside Jay-Z's office in hopes of handing him a demo, producer and MC J. Cole finally ran into his idol, but the reception was well below chilly. He was shocked, then, when he received a call from the man weeks later, and even more shocked when he got a chance to contribute to Jay-Z's 2009 effort The Blueprint 3. In 2011, Roc Nation released his official debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, which debuted on top of the Billboard 200. Featuring the single "Power Trip," Born Sinner followed in 2013 with guest appearances from Miguel, TLC, and Kendrick Lamar. The title of his 2014 release, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was the address of Cole's childhood home in North Carolina. ~ David Jeffries

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Attention:deficit(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 2012 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Jesus Piece(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Maybach Music Group Presents:self V1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations TOUCH DOWN 2 CAUSE HELL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Maybach Music Group Presents:self V1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gangsta Grillz 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mmg Presents:self Made Vol 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Album About Nothing
Muze Music Compilations Bet Presents Music Matters Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cozz & Effect

Associated Artists and Works

Sean, Big

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/26/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697579202
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886975792023

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.67)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "He's a technically superb rapper, packing these sleek, snappy, mostly self-produced tracks with dozens of great punch lines."

Spin (p.71)
- "[I]t's the production that shines, with liberal swaths of rolling piano and melancholy guitar loops..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.74)
- "SIDELINE is a well-rounded effort, and deeper than most, offering cuts that tackle unplanned pregnancy and uncertain love." -- Grade: B

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cole,J.
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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