Roc Nation’s J. Cole recently revealed his top ten all-time favorite music albums ranging from late pop star Michael Jackson‘s Bad to Kanye West‘s 2004 debut, The College Dropout.
Cole’s top ten also included Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill‘s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill debut.
Michael Jackson – Bad (1987) Nas – Illmatic (1994) / It Was Written (1996) UGK – Ridin Dirty (1996) The Fugees – The Score (1996) 2Pac – Me Against The World (1995) / All Eyez On Me (1996) 2Pac – Makaveli (1996) Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) Jay-Z – The Blueprint (2001) Lil Wayne – Tha Carter (2004) Kanye West – The College Dropout (2004) (Complex)
Last month, J. Cole named his top five favorite rappers.
“Dead or alive, you gotta start with, obviously 2Pac’s my favorite rapper of all time,” Cole said in an interview with radio host Nessa Nitty. “And then we go to Nas. No particular order after that. Nas. Jay. Eminen. And let’s say, I’m going to say Andre 3000, right. Just because, you know, [he’s a] super duper storyteller, [and has] creative flows.” (WiLD 949)
Outside of other rappers’ albums, Cole’s new Sideline Story debut is currently projected to top the sales chart next week.
The German-born rapper J. Cole, who grew up inFayetteville, 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)
The North Carolina rhyme spitter recently 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: