Roc Nation rapper J. Cole‘s Cole World: The Sideline Story tracklisting has landed online and shows features from Jay-Z and Young Money’s Drake.
Cole also recruited some R&B help in the form of Trey Songz for his long-awaited debut.
1. “Intro” 2. “Dollar and a Dream III” 3. “Can’t Get Enough” feat. Trey Songz 4. “Lights Please” 5. “Interlude” 6. “Mr. Nice Watch” feat. Jay-Z 7. “Cole World” 8. “In the Morning” feat. Drake 9. “Lost Ones” 10. “Nobody’s Perfect” feat. Missy Elliott 11. “Never Told” (prod. by No I.D.) 12. “Rise and Shine” 13. “God’s Gift” 14. “Breakdown” 15. “Cheer Up” (Cole World: The Sideline Story)
A couple weeks ago, Cole admitted he was uncertain about whether or not Jay would appear on the LP.
Another standout track on the album takes a futuristic abstract beat and inserts the repetition of Jay-Z’s classic line from the song “A Million And One Questions.” The question of Jay-Z appearing on the album still arrives with no answer. “Your guess is as good as mine if we’re gonna get a Jay-Z verse,” Cole says of the one song he wants Jay-Z on, coincidentally the final track on the album. While some bars from the Roc Nation kingpin would be nice, Cole says he’s not pressed. Rather, the Hov cameo would put an end to the continuous question of whether or not Jay-Z cosigns him. (Hip Hop DX)
Jay recently discussed the reason behind delaying Roc Nation artists’ albums.
“J. Cole is pretty close, he’s coming out in September,” Jay told Angie Martinez on August 1st. “He’s got a great album. Jay Electronica is working on a great album as well. He’s pretty close. Bridget Kelly just released — her debut song, ‘Thinking About Forever’ — For me, if you’re gonna come sign to Roc Nation, just realize it’s going to take a second. I’m into artists. I’m not really into putting a single out. It takes a minute to build artists. It’s just true. You can’t come off the street and make a classic. Rarely does that happen. Lauryn Hill was in the business for 700 years before she put out the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. She had to go through some things. You have to go through some things.” (Hot 97)
Recently, Cole opened up about the organic creation of his long-awaited upcoming debut.
“All the songs on the album just happened naturally. There was never a ‘Oh, we need this kind of song’,” Cole explained in an interview. “Everything happened naturally and very organically…It wasn’t until I started playing it for people and I kept getting those responses like, ‘Man, this is really musical,’ — To me, that’s regular; that’s what you should do on an album. I try to do that as much as possible, even on my mixtapes. So on the album, of course, I took it to the next level.” (MTV)
Cole Word: The Sideline Story is slated to hit store shelves Tuesday, September 27th.
Check out a recent J. Cole interview down below: