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Deluxe two CD edition includes bonus tracks. 2013 release, the second album from the Grammy-nominated rapper. Born Sinner is the follow-up to his best-selling Cole World: The Sideline Story, released in 2011. Includes 'Power Trip' (featuring Miguel) and 'Miss America'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Deluxe ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc Nation / Columbia
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B00CU8OVIM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A few years ago, I went to see one of my favorite artists in concert, Janelle Monae. I quickly realized though, that almost the entire crowd was there not for her or Wale--but the opening act, J. Cole. Within minutes, Cole had the entire audience on their feet and rapping along with him. I didn't know his music at all, but found myself moving along with the crowd and smiling just because the vibe was so good. I had to wait two years though before I could go and buy his first album though. I wasn't that impressed to be honest. I thought that I had somehow mis-remembered how good Cole was.

Two years later though, J. Cole is back with the album I think he had always been trying to make. He even says as much on the brilliant "Let Nas Down." It's clear the label and Jay-Z made him release a far different debut album than he had intended originally. This though--this is where you really see him.

"Born Sinner" is both reverential as well as super modern musically. Cole hasn't hopped on the bandwagon of rap trends like having a girl sing all of his choruses or making the beats all dance tracks, but he is also not stuck in the past. His beats are clean yet with subtle touches that really elevate them like a jazz saxophone. He both samples as well as references tracks from the beginning of rap in a very respectful way-- A Tribe Called Quest, Biggie, and Outkast all make appearances. Also, Cole very smartly pairs himself with some great collaborators like the Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman, Miguel and a choir who all provide a contrast to his rather deadpan delivery.

Lyrically Cole is a beast. He is introspective and thoughtful, sometimes bragging, sometimes telling stories.
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man, cole REALLY delivered on 'born sinner' its so far ahead of his debut album which i could NOT get into at all. The album starts off well with 'villuminati' which features a famous biggie sample that fits in so perfectly. The song came under fire from over sensitive critics that focus on single words instead of listening to everything cole has to say but im not gonna get into that. This is the first album ive bought in a long time that feels like hit after hit when im playing it.
My top 5 changes often but right now i would have to say that it's, villuminati, rich ni***z, ni***z know(deluxe), land of the snakes and new york times(deluxe). I advise everyone that buys this album to buy the deluxe edition, it's worth it, the five bonus tracks aka 'Truly Yours, 3' are on a seperate disc. 'Born Sinner' is my AOTY so far(easy choice) and will most likely remain that. J. Cole may not outsell Kanye's 'Yeezus' but it's definately a much better listen for me.
Finally, if it's dope hip hop you are looking for then you cant go wrong with this, COP IT AND SUPPORT DOPE MUSIC.
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Call me silly but this album is outshining over the hype that was Yeezus. I'm a fan of both of them but this is hip hop. The lyrics are telling and they are relative. It's not juvenile like the lyrics Kanye decided to spit on a lot of the Yeezus tracks. Also the production value of the tracks were manicured showing an integrity to the value of the music and the emphasis to the lyrics to the track. It's not trashy or degrading but speaking in a smart mannerism to the prose. Been a fan but this album is making me a believer of the future of hip hop. Also, this LP needs to be put on vinyl. It needs to be in my elitist collection. Damn.
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J. Cole really came into his own with this album. Not only was this yet another project where he PRODUCED the hell out of it from top to bottom, but the result was history in doing so. Though the album debuted a # 2 on the charts, it still managed to go #1 within a 1 MONTH time period. If your a true (not just J. Cole fan) hip-hop fan this album is a MUST HAVE (press play & enjoy from start to finish album). The year isn't over, but Born Sinner gets the Best Hip-Hop album of 2013 in my book.
My personal favorite picks (even though I loved the whole album) are Crooked Smile, Power Trip, Chaining Day, Villuminati & Sparks Will Fly!
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Chose to purchase J.Cole's album over Kanye West's after all the negative reviews following Kanye's album and I have to admit it should have been a no brainer! This album is great all around from start to finish. One would think with having 21 tracks that a couple songs would be "filler" material and not aligned with the album as a whole but I can say I let this album play entirely through back-to-back and enjoyed it just as much as the first play through.
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Buy the CD, this kid is amazingly talented, its been a while since a new artist has been this raw. I'm certain that we are witnessing the birth of greatness, perhaps one day someone will write a song titled "I let J. Cole down."

Tired of waiting, would somebody please crown the new KING!
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J. Cole brings lyricism, flow and charisma in his sophomore album. In the era of untalented, unoriginal clones and sound-a-likes, J. Cole brings originality and substance. If you've become disenchanted with the modern hip-hop scene this album should quench your thirst for quality hip-hop.

The album starts out strong with "Villuminati". A partially orchestral, heavy footed track featuring a mix of cocky braggadocios rhymes and introspection, a perfect embodiment of J. Cole as an artist. A personal favorite "Power Trip" features a stuttering synth bassline and gliding flute melody punctuated by Miguel's vocals. Cole raps about catching feelings for a woman that he get out of his mind in light of all the women he's see's day to day. "Runaway" features a jazzy progression and a muted, shuffling drum break in the distance. On "Rich N****z" Cole recounts his growing up poor, struggling and his appreciation for the little things. In "Chaining Day" J. Cole questions the merits and true value of jewelry and material things.

In "Crooked Smile" he delivers a powerful sermon about the importance of being himself and being comfortable in your own skin atop a smooth, mid-tempo R&B infused instrumental. In "Let Nas Down" he airs his disappointment over hip-hop legend Nas's criticism of what he saw as him compromising his artistic integrity. The album finishes strong with the title track "Born Sinner", a soulful track with skittering drums, smooth vocals on the hook and a textured choir to end the song.

I can truly say there's not a single song on this album that i'd label as "filler". I can listen to this album from being to end without considering skipping a a single song. One of the best hip-hop albums released in years in my opinion. For true lovers of hip-hop this album is a must buy...
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