Roc Nation’s J. Cole has finally had his wish come true by getting his much talked about Jay-Z collaboration locked in for the upcoming Cole World: The Sideline Story Roc Nation debut album.
The North Carolina-bred rhyme spitter confirmed Jay’s appearance on a track called “Mr. Nice Watch.”
“I knew Jay was gonna be on [that song]. I knew he was going to do that. I knew as soon as we made it [like] ‘Watch Jay get on this,'” Cole said in an interview. “Everything worked out, I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Like, when he did that, it made way more sense than my song. It’s a bigger record, a more universal record — Being the hip-hop nerd that I am, I would have loved to hear Jay-Z on that [‘God’s Gift’] beat. But really, I’m fine on that song alone.” (VIBE)
Last month, an alleged tracklisting leaked online showing Jay’s presence, although it had not been confirmed by Cole at the time.
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 few 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)
J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story is slated to drop Tuesday, September 27th.
Check out J. Cole’s interview down below: