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Format: CD
Sku: 224122565
UPC: 886979481824
UPC 14: 00886979481824
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, Pt. 3 ~ 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

Compilation Appearances

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

Associated Artists and Works

Sean, Big

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/27/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 94818
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886979481824

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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