News: J. Cole Tells "Born Sinner" Fans Don't Hold Your Breath [Video]

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 11:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Roc Nation protégé J. Cole has updated fans on the status of his long-awaited sophomore album, Born Sinner, and revealed it will miss its slated release date later this month.

Although he would not go into detail, Cole said he needed more time to piece together the follow-up to 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story.

J. Cole fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on his sophomorealbum Born Sinner. The Roc Nation rapper has delayed the project. While hosting a New Year's Eve gig at TAO Las Vegas, Cole revealed that the follow-up to his 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story won't arrive on his 28th birthday, as previously announced. "It's not gonna make January 28. It's gonna be a little later than that. I needed more time," he told PopStop TV. The first single, "Miss America," was released in November. (Rap-Up)

A few weeks ago, the North Carolina-bred emcee addressed potential sophomore jinx concerns.

"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)

In November, Cole spoke on his album's likely release date pushback and delved into 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)

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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