Cole World:sideline Story CD (2011)

Artist: J. Cole

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Product Overview


Label Roc Nation/sony
SKU 224122565
UPC 886979481824
UPC 14 00886979481824
Format CD
Release Date 9/27/2011
Author J. Cole
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Technical Info
CatalogID 94818
Lable Name Columbia (USA)
Released 09/27/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 43s
UPC 00886979481824
Musical Guests
Trey Songz
Missy Elliott
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Photographer: Leann Mueller.
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
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
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Dollar and a Dream, Pt. 3
3 Can't Get Enough - (featuring Trey Songz)
4 Lights Please
5 Interlude
6 Sideline Story
7 Mr. Nice Watch - (featuring Jay-Z)
8 Cole World
9 In the Morning - (featuring Drake)
10 Lost Ones
11 Nobody's Perfect
12 Never Told
13 Rise and Shine
14 God's Gift
15 Breakdown
16 Work Out
Product Attributes
Artist Cole,J.
Music Format Compact Disc
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