I’ve been a fan of J. Cole ever since I heard his mixtape, The Come Up. That was back in 2007 and a couple years later, he dropped The Warm Up mixtape. After Friday Night Lights dropped, people were anticipating on when he would put out an album. Less than a year, he blessed us with his major label debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Cole World proved that J. Cole was one of the better rappers in the game as the album hit platinum status. Immediately after the Cole World album, he began working on the Born Sinner album. The album produced an added treat by including some deluxe tracks on another CD called Truly Yours 3. Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, TLC, Miguel and Jhene Aiko are featured on the album. Power Trip was the first single off the album and it featured Miguel on the hook.
Power Trip was released about four months before Born Sinner was released. With Miguel on the hook, J. Cole hit that female fan base on this one. The single was well-received, and J. Cole dropped another single two weeks before the album dropped. Crooked Smile featured TLC and it was a dope song. For me, it was J. Cole’s version of Keep Ya Head Up and telling women to look at their inner beauty. The video was supposed to have TLC appear, but that never happened. When Born Sinner dropped, it sold almost 300 thousand copies in the first week. When the album dropped, the first joint that caught my attention was Let Nas Down. J. Cole has stated many times that 2Pac and Nas were his favorite rappers. The track talked about 2Pac being Jesus and Nas writing the bible. Nas wrote a verse and they dropped the remix.
Villuminati, Land of the Snakes, Trouble, Runaway, Rich Niggaz, Forbidden Fruit, Chaining Day, Miss America, New York Times and the title track are my favorites. As I’ve mentioned before, J. Cole is one of my favorite artists of today. This is an album that I bought and continue to listen to all the time.
Listen and stream the Born Sinner album above. Where are my J. Cole fans? Are you familiar with all his work? Let’s celebrate as Born Sinner Released by J. Cole 5 years ago today.