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Cole World: The Sideline Story

J. ColeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Intro (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Dollar And A Dream III (Explicit Version)J. Cole 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Can't Get Enough (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole featuring Trey Songz 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lights Please (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Interlude (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 1:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sideline Story (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mr. Nice Watch (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole featuring Jay-Z 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cole World (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. In The Morning (Explicit Version)J. Cole featuring Drake 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Lost Ones (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nobody's Perfect (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole featuring Missy Elliott 3:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Never Told (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rise And Shine (Explicit Version)J. Cole 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. God's Gift (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Breakdown (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J. Cole 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Work Out (Explicit Version) [Explicit]J Cole 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Ask J. Cole how he carries the immense pressure of being tagged as hip-hop’s next game-changing MC. Indeed, that seemingly overwhelming expectation has followed the 26-year-old lyricist/producer following a string of critically acclaimed mixtapes (2007’s The Come Up; 2009’s The Warm Up; and 2010’s now classic Friday Night Lights). Cole made the jump from underground ... Read more in Amazon's J. Cole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roc Nation / Columbia
  • ASIN: B005C9WA20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2011 debut studio album from the American rapper, which follows up on the success of his three underground mixtapes. Featuring guest appearances from Trey Songz, Drake, Missy Elliott and his mentor Jay-Z.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole Under Preasure Makes Diamonds September 27, 2011
By Q. Pair
Format:Audio CD
Its not so easy to find quality hip hop these days that has made it to mainstream success, but by some miracle, J. Cole has been able to breach that barrier and make the transition from mixtape rapper to mainstream artist. The Dollar and a Dream kid has been on his grind, and it looks like its about to pay off with Cole World: The Sideline Story.

There are three major reasons to like J. Cole: Substance, lyrical versitility, and production. Cole goes against the grain of a majority of rappers coming out the south and strives for lyrical dominance in the game. That being said, this CD (as well as any other project he's put out) is heavy with material that is a far cry from the usual Blingidly-bling-bling bullcrap and materialistic infatuation that saturates this genre. Simply put, the man has something to say, and its worth listening to. Also, in the same fashion as Kanye West, J. Cole produces much of his own music, and is responsible for 15 of the total tracks on the CD.

As a whole, this is a very personal album, in the sense that J. Cole is not affraid to expose himself and tell his story as it really is. Much of his appeal comes from his songs being so down to earth and easy to relate to. You dont need rose tinted platinum framed shades to visualize the things he talks about. "Dollar And A Dream III," the opening track, is truly an epic song, painting a vivid mural on the walls of your mind of the struggles of being broke with little else but a dream and some hope. Cole continues to expose his soul to the world with "Breakdown" where he talks about his father's lack of presence in his life, his mother's drug addiction, and a 3rd person perspective of a man in jail with a woman at home who is struggling to stay faithful.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dollar AND A Dream September 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD
My dude...it's been years since I've had a favorite hip-hop artist, years since I've written a review for an album, years since I've actually purchased a physical copy of a CD...so why J. Cole you ask? Simply put, I relate to him...you can tell he's got his head on straight, he's down to earth, he talks to the fans in a way that makes you know he appreciates you and is right there with you. He doesn't put himself above his fans, he's modest, he let's his music speak for itself.

From the Come Up, to the Warm Up, to the now Blow Up of his "official" career, this here debut album...It's been good watching you grow Cole, good watching you do what you love. You can tell you got a passion for the game, as I do, and you're going about it the right way, not getting big-headed, not losing everything that makes you, well you. Keep bringing meaningful lyrics that express yourself and touch on things that matter, that people can relate too...A lot of rappers lose that when they get signed and make it big...they start talking about everything they got or just about themselves. Yea, the dude's life has changed, but he still talks about issues that relate to all of us. That right there, is an artist I can respect and will be a fan of for a long time. And he does it in a creative lyrical way that tells a story from a different perspective...Many artists out there just don't have that anymore. Listen to tracks like "Lost Ones" and "God's Gift" and "Never Told" and tell me that's NOT REAL. Story-tellin' Cole. Cole World. Support, buy this album, follow your own dreams as he did, and have some good music to listen to while you're doing it. Nuff said.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars J. Cole!! September 27, 2011
By Dmh2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hands down, one of the best freshman albums I've heard, and one of the best of 2011! J. Cole brings back hip hop with vivid story telling so fans can relate, while still providing quality singles. It may have some older songs from mixtapes, but who cares when Cole's been giving fans free quality music for years!? #ColeWorld no blanket!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut Album September 27, 2011
By Eric
Format:Audio CD
This album is the best debut rap album I've heard since Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. Definitely the best debut out of the new rappers (Wiz, B.o.B. etc..). Although it is great, it's not perfect. I don't really like the production on "Mr. Nice Watch" and "Cole World", these two songs will have to grow on me, but since the lyrics in both songs are good, I still listen to them sometimes. Besides the production on those two songs, honestly, the rest of the album (production and lyrically) is great from beginning to end, even with lights please and in the morning on it (which are two old songs from his mixtapes) because they fit the album very well (perfect placement on the album, sequence wise). If you are a fan of rappers with substance, story-telling in music, and great lyrics, then this is a must buy!! Well done Mr. Cole.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cole World Stays True... September 28, 2011
By DWord86
Format:Audio CD
I have had the pleasure of listening to J. Cole for almost two years now (losing my balance was the first song I ever heard by him). I say it has been a pleasure because as a new, up and coming artist, not too many people know of him yet, but it is evident that Cole plans to change all of that. The best thing I appreciate about this album is that he stayed true to his style, versatility, and most importantly content. Cole continues to rap about material that has been lost among the current mainstream rap/hip-hop. Not to say that there is anythig wrong with the usual "swag-girls-money" songs because I enjoy those club joints too (Cole's versatility does enable him to do both). However, Cole's music brings a refreshing take that the music scene could really use in my opinion, and he is not the only artist out bringing this type of effort either (the future of mainstream hip-hop does not look as lost as it once did). I really enjoyed his use of strings and piano (which he has often used before), especially in the intro, interlude and ending track (Breakdown, which is my favorite cut on the album) because to me it unifies the whole album. I waited with all other Cole fans for over 1 year for his first official album to drop, and I will say it was definitely worth the wait (...but Friday Night Lights did help ease the frustration)!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year
This was my favorite album of 2011, as I thought it should have won Rap Album of the Year. Highly recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Frank B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Nice Cd from J Cole. A lot of good hits on this cd. I reccommend this cd to any one. Great price thank you.
Published 3 months ago by Robert P Johnson Sr
4.0 out of 5 stars STRONG DEBUT
in the year 2011 I skipped hip hop I went back and listened but I skipped it for other reasons so I missed a lot of rap projects, and I never listened to J. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy M. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Cole is a breath of fresh air
Most of his songs are really good lyrically and there are a few that are "great."
Overall, I like his style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sammy khang
5.0 out of 5 stars doooope
Really good CD j cole is lyrical he paints a picture with his words worth every penny that I spent
Published 4 months ago by Jeremiah
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Artist
Classic album. J. Cole is one of the better rappers out and will go down as an all time great. Story telling and lyricism, while making his own beats. Sold.
Published 4 months ago by Jhern
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE HIP HOP
true hip hop...the first cd is better then the second cd....real hip hop
J-cole...sideline story is great and worth buying
Published 7 months ago by Marilyn Elysse
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad first album
Mr. Nice watch is my favorite cut! but there is also In the morning, work on me, a dollar and a dream
Published 8 months ago by Ed Sellers
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levi makes the best cargo shorts in my opinion. i have over ten pair in all different colors. i can't be the price for the quality. i would recommend.
Published 9 months ago by Ant
5.0 out of 5 stars Rooting for him!!!!!
Favorite rapper of the moment. I feel like he did not show as much of himself as we are used to. Coming from the mixtapes, I really expected more from him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by katherine pitts
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