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J. Cole Says Debut Album Makes Him ‘Toot My Own Horn’

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J. Cole has no plans of disappointing fans with his debut album, ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story.’ Despite the heavy anticipation for the release, Roc Nation‘s resident North Carolina MC is confident that he has put together a solid effort.

“I’m excited,” Cole told the BoomBox of the impending LP, which is said to feature production from the likes of No I.D. and Danja. “It’s just a new way of rapping, like soul … playing cool. I’m trying to make that popular.”

After several pushbacks, Cole officially announced the album title last month via his Twitter page. He also released his first single, ‘Work Out,’ a sample of Kanye West‘s ‘New Workout Plan,’ which was originally taken from the Paul Abdul song ‘Straight Up.’

With a stamp of approval from Jay-Z, who announced Cole as the first signee to his Roc Nation imprint, the 26-year-old explained that he feels no pressure when it comes to living up to other people’s expectations. “I can toot my own horn when I say that I have something special.”

‘Cole World: The Sideline Story,’ hits stores Sept. 27.


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