Album of the Month: June Edition

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J Cole – Born Sinner

KimiiKritique: 8/10

Possibly one of the most talked about Hip Hop albums of 2013 so far- the 16 track standard version or 2 disc deluxe edition featuring the next line in the mini EP series Truly Yours 3: J Cole’s Born Sinner was definitely worth the hype.

The highly anticipated sophomore album from the North Carolina rapper attracted even more buzz when Cole pushed the release date forward to compete with multi-award winning artist Kanye West saying that “It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident”. After much speculation about his capabilities after his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, Cole definitely felt as if he had quite a lot to prove to both fans and critics.

The album features samples from Hip Hop Legends Outkast, references to the greats such as the late Notorious BIG and skits, one being a snippet from a comedy routine by Mike Epps. Described by Cole as a journey through his mind-set, various moods are explored, ranging from depression to inner peace; dismissing Illuminati rumours and teaming up with the remaining members of the popular 90s R&B group TLC for the newest and encouraging single Crooked Smile.

Most recently, the track Let Nas Down has created what some may like to refer to as a major moment in Hip Hop history. On the track Cole expresses his feelings about how Nas expressed disappointment in a previous single, which he felt was too commercial; and not even up to a week after the release of Born Sinner, Nas took to Twitter to show his appreciation and gratitude, releasing a remix to the song titled Made Nas Proud.

Opinions on the album still vary, some fans feel that they are yet to receive an album from the artist that reaches standards of his two most popular mixtapes The Warm Up& Friday Night Lights, where as some are content, seeming more impressed with his growth as a producer. I personally feel that the album cannot compare to any of his mixtapes. This is a major step up from his debut album.

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Enjoy, Tisha x

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