We’re four days away from the release of one of the bigger hip-hop debuts of the year, J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story. But before it hits physical and digital stores, the rapper-producer has decided to share the entire album for streaming.
From what I’ve heard, the record is a pretty cohesive and solid one, aside from the few singles that stick out for all the wrong reasons. As much as I was digging “Mr. Nice Watch” with Jay-Z for sounding like something off Watch The Throne, that track and others like “Work Out” don’t really fit in at all.
Other than that, it’s better than you might have heard on Twitter. He went back to previously released tunes like “Lights, Please” and “In The Morning” and reworked the beats and vocals, which makes them both richer and refreshing. Not only that, but you can’t really argue against a ferocious second track like “Dollar And A Dream III.”
You can stream the album at J. Cole’s website, where you can add your picture to a growing mosaic. Once that mosaic is filled, a new music video will premiere on the site. Cole World: The Sideline Story drops Sept. 27.