By Rob Markman
Like all rap albums not titled Watch the ThroneJ. Cole saw his Cole World: The Sideline Story leak before its release date. Not that he minds much. “I understand it’s a part of the game,” the MC/producer told Vibe.com (LINK: http://www.vibe.com/video/j-coles-comments-album-leaks-cole-world-hit-net) of leaks in general. Nevertheless, Grown Simba’s LP is dropping September 27 and there some key songs on it. RapFix breaks it down.
”Dollar and a Dream III”
Longtime Cole fans can appreciate this one. The original “Dollar and a Dream” appeared on Cole’s The Come Up mixtape and was over Beanie Sigel’s “Mom Praying” instrumental. The instrumentation has grown on this third installment. Over a calming a serene orchestration Cole spits cinematic struggle-inspired lyrics against a beat that changes up during each of the three verses.
“Can’t Get Enough” featuring Trey Songz
With so much industry emphasis placed on radio singles and chart positioning, credit Cole with delivering a cohesive album that aims to tell a story above all else. Not that Jermiane doesn’t have potential hits; his current single may be biggest. The Trey Songz-assisted “Can’t Get Enough” employs Spanish-styled melodies, with catchy-yet-lyrical bars.
They say you get your whole life to make your first album and though Cole has given fans a few album-caliber mixtapes, trust that he has been waiting on this moment. “Lost Ones” is a song that Cole recorded before signing to Jay-Z, but instead of putting it on The Warm Up or Friday Night Lights the Roc Nation MC had enough foresight to save this weighty track for Cole World. On the gut-wrenching track, Cole raps about abortion through both the eyes of a man, and his woman. It was worth the wait.
“Nobody’s Perfect” featuring Missy Elliott
Missy Elliot doesn’t do too many rap features these days, but on Cole’s late-‘90’s inspired track, Misdemeanor lays some classic sounding R&B vocals on the hook. The potential single isn’t exactly a sappy love song however; instead Cole rhymes about a myriad of different topics, including partying with Jay-Z and Steve Stoute.