News: J. Cole Ready To Battle Sophomore Jinx: "I Don't Think It's Gonna Be Hard To Top My First Album"

Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 2:25PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Roc Nation rapper J. Cole is showing no signs of fear as fans await his upcoming Born Sinner solo album and said he is not worried about any type of sophomore jinx myths.

In Cole's perspective, his new album should easily gain an edge over 2011's The Sideline Story.

"I don't think it's gonna be hard to top my first album. I don't think that's gonna be tough," Cole tells MTV News confidently. "I think I got that." What makes him so sure? "Freedom, just [having] no pressure," he said. "As soon as my first album dropped, all of this weight was off me and everything was flowing out and that lasted a long time, months and months. So just the freedom of not having to please the label, the machine, that was very inspiring." (MTV)

Last month, Cole spoke on his album's likely release date pushback and its content.

Part of the reason that "Born Sinner's" release date may well be pushed back is because of Cole's increased promotional muscle. The rapper mentions that he's eyeing different branding opportunities to coincide with the album, as well as a short film -- "something way more expansive than a music video," he claims -- that will begin shooting in December. Whenever "Born Sinner" arrives (Cole predicts sometime early in 2013), the album will likely be a more serious effort than "Cole World," which debuted at No. 1 upon its release last year. The album will detail "the story of corruption -- corruption of an artist when commercial appeal is involved, or corruption of a relationship when temptation is involved, or corruption of a government when capitalism is involved. It's a lot of things. I don't want anybody to think it's so heavy, but it deals with those things." (Billboard)

In early November, Cole briefly addressed his dramatic sophomore album announcement.

"The beauty of the announcement is that the real MOMENT happened only once. Only the 15 or so thousand who sat in that Ustream know what that really felt like. Here's to new albums and new approaches. See you soon." - J. Cole (Life + Times)

Back in September 2011, the rapper's debut topped the sales chart with over 200,000 sold copies.

Leading the pack this week is J. Cole's Cole World: The Sideline Story debuting at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the North Carolina rap newcomer's long-awaited debut album has sold 217,300 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

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