J. Cole Names Favorite Songs Off ‘Cole World’ Album
With the release of his highly anticipated album, 'Cole World: The Sideline Story,' inching closer, rapper J. Cole is predicting fans will be satisfied with the project.
The North Carolina native dropped his first single, 'Work Out' in June, and although the response has been mixed, there's another song that he's assured will be a hit across the board. "'Mr. Nice Watch' with Jay-Z is gonna be crazy," he tells The BoomBox of the album. "I know the reaction to that's gonna be crazy."
He also details another track that shows a different side. "I [also have] a song I got called 'Cole World,'" he reveals. "The breakdown to me is my favorite because it's super personal, super emotional. I made the song and even now when I listen to it I feel like, 'Wow!' I feel like I went on a ride of emotions, so those are my favorites as of right now."
Over the past year, the 26-year-old has been busy hitting the road, most recently with Rihanna for her Loud tour. With such a high level of success under his belt, it's hard to imagine that two years ago, he was virtually unknown on the mainstream music sector and gaining a steady following through his mixtapes.
It was that underground popularity that prompted Jay-Z to sign the young MC to his Roc Nation label imprint. Even though his notoriety has increased, Cole shares that he has every intention of introducing listeners to a style that they may not be accustomed to. "Expect something different," the lyricist explains. "I feel like I did a lot of things very well so I'm telling a lot of stories I feel haven't been told very well or at all. I got the light-hearted stuff too, the stuff you can ride to, but I think it's really about that emotional stuff. That's my personal favorite."
'Cole World: The Sideline Story' drops Sept. 27 and will also feature appearances from Missy Elliott and Trey Songz. Check out the tracklisting here.