Just as many people have speculated — including me — J. Cole has attached his trademark “Cole World” ad lib to his Roc Nation debut. The thing is, that was just half of the story as it’s apparently named Cole World: The Sideline Story. Yes, he’s maintaining the sports theme of his mixtapes, including last year’s very good Friday Night Lights and 2009’s break-out project The Warm Up. But apart from its title, we don’t really know too much about Cole’s debut other than the fact that it’s dropping in September and is, in his words, “perfect, ridiculous, and incredible.” We’ll be the judge of that, though I’m confident after hearing his latest material.
Cole World: The Sideline Story drops Sept. 27. Stream “Return of Simba,” a non-album cut, below.