Album Review: J. Cole, Born Sinner

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On Friday June 8, 2013, J.Cole‘s sophomore album Born Sinner was leaked to the internet. The album is originally set to release on June 18, 2013.

Born Sinner is a decent body of work but it lacks originality on certain tracks. Cole sampled a lot of classic Hip-Hop artists throughout this album including The Notorious B.I.G., Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest and Nas.

Whether or not J. Cole let down Nas as his song suggested is debatable. But Cole’s use of samples may have let down many Hip-Hop fans because most of the samples used on this album are so similar to their original versions that J. Cole might-as-well have rhymed over their instrumentals.

Lyrically, J. Cole delivered well but was lazy on a few tracks. For example, Mo Money (Interlude), Born Sinner’s fifth track, was written as a parody of Porno Star by Joe Budden.

It seems as if J. Cole spent so much time trying impress and mimic other rappers with this album that he lost his originality in the process. But overall Born Sinner is decent.

Overall Rating: C+

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