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Cole World: The Sideline Story [Explicit]

Cole World: The Sideline Story [Explicit]

23 Sep 2011
4.6 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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J.Cole is one of those rare rappers who have managed to gain an intense and loyal fanbase even before the release of an official album. Releasing not one but three critically acclaimed free mixtapes in the past 4 years (The Come Up, The Warm Up, and last year's Friday Night Lights), he has finally released his debut on Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.
The amount of hype behind J.Cole is almost impossible to scale. Regarding his previous work, people have said that he's the next big thing in hip-hop, and the guy saving the whole genre. Others deem him as massively overrated, while others worry that his commercial album won't reflect the kind of music he's created for his early fans.
Thankfully, the album manages to balance both cross-over commercialism and his classic, appealing production sound to produce a major-label debut album that is both excellent and true to his roots. Here is a track-by-track review:

Intro - A soft piano plays in the background while you can hear J.Cole happily telling people he got signed to Roc Nation. The piano gradually builds up then fades quietly. A nice start. 8/10
Dollar and A Dream III - An epic beginning to the Sideline Story. J.Cole samples a track of Kingdom Hearts II, mixing heavy string and flute instruments under a hip-hop beat. During the middle of the song however, the song transitions wonderfully into a piano melody and essentially is two songs in one. Lyrically it shows the quality of his rapping, which has made him stand out from the crowd today. 9/10
Can't Get Enough - The second single from the album, this one features r'n'b singer Trey Songz. The song has a Carribean feel and despite being one of the commercial songs on the album, it's chilled and fun. Production-wise, it's great. 8.
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Woke up Saturday morning (23rd Sept) and got on twitter...saw some people had tweeted pics of their Cole world cd's . I mean the album wasn't even out till Tuesday 27th but I guess they pre- ordered. I did too so I checked my mail and alas! There was my lil Amazon packet. I got super excited ! Ripped off the cover to see J.Cole staring at me. THANK YOU AMAZON!!!!

OMG ...Jermaine Cole did not disappoint. From start to finish WOW!...i been waiting for this album for a long long time and it was worth the wait. This man is truly talented . He produced damn near the whole album! People need to give him props for the production too.

He takes us on a journey..He takes us on HIS journey...and if u are like me you have been following this journey..for a while now. The Come Up...The Warm Up......Friday Night Lights ....all this time we been waiting on the album. Jermaine Cole tells us a story of how you work so hard to make it to the `league' (signed) ..then you STILL gotta prove yourself in order to get off the bench and into the game.

As a basketball player myself I understand what it feels like ...'tryna get up off the Sidelines'. I love the basketball analogy because i can relate to it ....but i digress......

"Dollar and a Dream III" starts off the album in a cinematic light, and is classic Cole. This is where we hear the story of his struggle, from it's very beginnings, as he moves on his way to touring and life on the road.

I'm not gonna break down each song...but what I will say is ....Follow him on his journey...u will not be disappointed. I can't pick a favourite track I love them all......

Been listening to the album everyday since. All I can say is COLE WORLD!

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Boy was i looking forward to this one. His mixtapes have been album worthy and surpassing his last effort of 'Friday Night Lights' would be a serious accomplishment. However The Sideline story is not in the same league as FNL. The intro is not great, i mean go back and listen to 'Too deep for the intro'' this is how you start an album.

The next track 'Dollar and a dream III' is the standout track for me. His flow is perfect, the song takes you in ''Cause I still don't see hope, lookin' for a quick fix
When everyone I see is broke, get lost in weed smoke'

One major problem for me is the amount of songs on the album that had already been released. Lights Please, In the Morning feat Drake, Lost Ones, have been around for over a year. ''Work out'' was the single and Mr Nice Watch Feat Jay-Z leaked prior to the release.

That meant i was doing an awful lot of skipping. I just do not think you can justify putting songs on the album like 'In the morning' which were released on mixtapes a long time ago.

However if you are listening to this album without really hearing any of the pre released material then you will have a different take on it. The pre released songs are bangers. ''Lights Please'' is the song that Jay-z heard and said we have to sign this kid.

Mr Nice Watch Feat Jay-Z is not a great track. As you can probably see from the title. For me this is throw away rap, no substance. Now if you would have given me reflective Jay and Cole on the same track it could have been perfection. Missed opportunity.

Don't get me wrong its a decent album, we are nowhere near classic material though. If your a new fan or thinking of purchasing this album, get The Come Up, The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights and then listen to this.

If you have his 3 mixtapes you may agree this his not his best work!
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