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on 29 September 2011
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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on 21 December 2015
Love the tracks.
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on 6 March 2015
Great condition!
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on 28 January 2015
Best first album
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on 14 December 2011
J.Cole is an outstanding talent who has the ability, matched only by drake, to manipulate words and create metaphors that sound great but are not actually fully understood by the listener. He combines two worlds in his music. A metaphorical one and a modern day world. An absolutely brilliant album that can connect with the rap enthusiasts and those who love the construction of language. Masterpiece.
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on 13 October 2011
J Cole's album is a good model for up and coming Rap artist to try deferent types of music to create the art form called Hip Hop. J Cole's sound will be the urban Hip Hop style Rap artist will value in the days to come. Another very good example of this style is the Thorough album by Stryk. Both albums have a sound that will outline Hip Hop all over the world.
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on 10 November 2011
I love this album and have been playing it every day since I bought it. I particularly like J. Cole because he is a real rapper, he isn't rapping about money, clothes etc; he's rapping about things that others can relate to. There is not one track on the album that I don't like. I highly recommend it.
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on 6 October 2015
great gift
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on 5 June 2014
Excellent
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on 5 August 2012
I'm just gona say if you claim to be a hip hop fan and dont have this item, your not a real hip hop fan and should just stick to listening to Avril Lavigne whilst drinking a warm glass of milk before you tuck into bed.
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