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.
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+