J. Cole’s fans will have to wait all summer, and then some, for the North Carolina rapper’s album. Today, the Roc Nation signee announced a September 27 release date, and title, Cole World: The Sideline Story, of his debut.
Many have been getting antsy at Cole’s progress since it has been over two years since the St. John’s University grad became the first act signed to Jay-Z’s label. Cole (born Jermaine Cole) hasn’t been B.S.’ing in the studio though. He’s appeared on Jay-Z’s “A Star Is Born,” rocked with R&B crooner Miguel on “All I Want Is You” and even layed down the beat to Cali MC on the come up Kendrick Lamar’s “HiiiPower.” But the only formal projects Cole has released since rolling with Hov include a pair of mixtapes; The Warm Up in 2009 and Friday Night Lights a year later. A song from the latter, “In the Morning” featuring Drake, even got a video.
To his credit, J. Cole has dropped a steady trickle of songs to the Internet, including “Disgusting.,” “How High” and “Return of Simba.” One song in particular, “Lost Ones,” that dealt with the emotions of abortion, was somehow released without his consent. “I think a lot of people know how much that one hurt. Much love to those who didn’t support that. If you did, guess it’s how the game goes,” tweeted Cole after it was leaked.
Last week, Cole did drop what is thought to be his forthcoming album’s official lead single, the Kanye West sampled “Work Out.” The anticipation and great expectations are already working in Cole’s favor. Despite no proper album to his credit, the rapper performed at this year’s Bonnarroo Festival.