21 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guest verses on Cole's second studio album come from 50 Cent ("New York Times") and Kendrick Lamar ("Forbidden Fruit"), but it's the R&B touches that imbue the project with its defining soul. TLC's T-Boz and Chilli bring a summer sheen to "Crooked Smile," Miguel helps turn "Power Trip" into a melancholic lament on love, and the Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman graces the dramatic "She Knows."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Guest verses on Cole's second studio album come from 50 Cent ("New York Times") and Kendrick Lamar ("Forbidden Fruit"), but it's the R&B touches that imbue the project with its defining soul. TLC's T-Boz and Chilli bring a summer sheen to "Crooked Smile," Miguel helps turn "Power Trip" into a melancholic lament on love, and the Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman graces the dramatic "She Knows."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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4.7 out of 5
11.1K Ratings
11.1K Ratings
Djslappy454

Jcole

Album of the year

Broken Headphones

I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS...

Honestly, has J. Cole ever disappointed? "Miss America" and "Power Trip" are both awesome singles, so I know "Born Sinner" is gonna be another great album for the rapper. It's a Cole World, and we're just living in it.

TerrenTooDope

BEST RAPPER , Album of the year

Power Trip and Miss America are proof this album can't be touched !!!! J. Cole Is the hottest lyrically out right now , his flow is crazy , if Eminem ,Nas , Pac and Jayz had a Kid he'd be the baby . Realist out !!! This album will be sick

About J. Cole

Raised on 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, and JAY-Z, J. Cole emerged in the 2010s as a kind of torchbearer for serious hip-hop. He takes on capital-T topics with an earnestness—and moral imperative—that most rappers seem to avoid. A North Carolina native (born in Frankfurt, West Germany, in 1985), Cole moved to New York City on scholarship to St. John’s University, graduating magna cum laude while making beats on the side, at one point waiting outside JAY-Z’s studio for three hours to give him a CD. Jay dismissed him initially, but circled back a year or so later on the strength of Cole’s mixtapes, making him the first signee to the Roc Nation label. Cole’s since gone on to release a string of ambitious, increasingly confident albums, often meditating on single subjects at length: 2018’s KOD, for example, offered a sustained look at addiction, while several songs on 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only were written from the perspective of a friend killed in his early twenties after leaving the drug game—a composite of people Cole knew from childhood. Despite the gravity of his subjects (and his sobering delivery), Cole—like his occasional collaborator Kendrick Lamar—is the rare artist who's managed to reconcile the conscious with the commercial, balancing his conceptual side with giant singles like “Work Out,” “Deja Vu,” and “ATM.”

HOMETOWN
Frankfurt, Germany
BORN
January 28, 1985

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