Roc Nation’s J. Cole has reacted to his long-awaited debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, finally hitting shelves and toppling its competition on the Top 200 sales chart this week.
Hopping on Twitter, Cole thanked every fan and media outlet which has supported him over the past 24 months.
“So many people to stunt on, fighting the urge to be spiteful. This moment is too important for that. Just want to say THANK YOU,” he tweeted October 4th.
“Thanks to yall, we shook the game up. No chart topping single, just 2 years of hard work, great music and real ass fans. #1 album”
“Thanks to every fan that held me down, every friend, every blog, magazine, tv, radio station, dj’s and pd’s, I feel like we ALL won” (J. Cole’s Twitter)
Debuting atop the chart, Cole’s long-awaited release sold over 200,000 copies its opening week.
The under dog has done it. J. Cole’s debut album ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story’ has debuted at number one. HDD is reporting that J. Cole has managed to sell 217,324 copies of his debut disk in it’s first week. Not only is J. Cole number one but he sold more copies in a week than Blink-182‘s comeback album. Impressive, Jermaine! (Rap Dose)
Last week estimates had the project selling up to 250,000 copies.
The German-born rapper J. Cole, who grew up in Fayetteville, NC, then went to school on a scholarship to St. John’s in Queens before getting discovered by Jay-Z, who made him the first signing to his Roc Nation label through Columbia, debuts at #1 with Cole World: The Sideline Story. The album, which features collaborations with his mentor, as well as Trey Songz, Drake and Missy Elliott, has surpassed even label expectations with prospects of a sales total approaching 225-250k its first week. (HITS Daily Double)
Earlier in the week, Cole talked about what he hoped fans gained from the debut.
“I want them to see the growth. You’ll see that you get flashes of the mixtapes–The Warm Up, Friday Night Lights. But then you also got spots where you’re like, “Oh, my God. What the f*ck is this?” I didn’t plan on being a mixtape artist my entire life. Of course, I want them to soak up the stories and the songs, but if there’s one thing I want them to get from it, it’s that, “Yo, this n*gga’s not f*ckin’ around. He’s not settling for that status.” (XXL Mag)
Check out a recent J. Cole interview below: