If it was not enough to have J. Cole’s “Power Trip” both stuck in our head and on repeat on our favorite radio stations, tracks from the album will be blasting from cars all summer. J. Cole’s second studio album “Born Sinner” Leaked online a mere week before its official release date June 18. The album release date is also the same date of Kane West’s “Yeezus”, the 8th studio album by the veteran MC . The album leak has created a buzz that puts “Born Sinner” as a must have summer album.
Cole’s first single off the album “Power Trip” has been the official intro to summer jam and an instant hit. The track that features R&B singer Miguel has women swooned and men admittedly falling in love. The album itself is complete with powerful reflective tracks, skits, interludes and funny voices Curtesy of Kendrick Lamar. The album title track “Born Sinner” featuring James Fauntleroy is a highly insightful track of Cole’s life before he entered the music industry and after. He admits that like us all he was born a sinner but he tries to live better than that.
If Kanye West is a Self proclaimed God among men then J. Cole is the everyman of mankind placing our stuggles and successes to a beat complete with background choir. “Born Sinner” opens with Villuminati, referencing the music industry and the illuminati controversy. Track five, “ Forbidden Fruit featuring Kendrick Lamar will have fans vibing to and reciting “Cole is King” and this album his crowing moment. “Forbidden Fruit” references the original sin of Adam and Eve, complete with 23rd psalms quote. Cole’s lyrics on this track are pure genesis, “Forbidden Fruit/watch for the Adam’s apple/what you eat don’t make me sh*t/who you F*ck don’t make me cum/price on my head wont make me run/they trying to kill me but it can’t be done/put two and two together/ Cole here forever”. Despite the lack of promotion from his label under Jay-Z and his comparatively small fan base, Cole continues to deliver great music and spit from the heart.
The album was pre cursed with a two part mix tape released months apart titled, Truly Yours. While the wait has been long for J.Cole fans, this album will not disappoint. The album leak confirms that “Cole World” fans are alive and thriving. This album is so good it is worth the purchase despite this highly downloading generation.