J. Cole’s ‘Sideline Story’ Album Certified Gold

By Shakira Atitebi

J. Cole isn’t sitting on the sidelines anymore. His debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, has been certified Gold. The album hit the music charts at number one back in September, selling 218,000 copies in its first week. Since then, the North Carolina rapper has been busy on tour promoting the project and this week he also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

Cole took to Twitter on Friday (December 2) to share his recent accomplishment with fans, writing, “9 weeks later. Thank you is an understatement. GOLD World.”

It’s been a long road to the top for the North Carolina native. Cole broke through with a series of mixtapes that include The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights, after catching Jay-Z’s attention with the single “Lights Please” back in 2008 and landing a deal with Roc Nation.

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His album faced numerous delays along the way, but everything turned out just fine. During his recent involvement in BET’s Music Matters tour, Cole outlined some of his goals, which included a Grammy nod saying, “My one-year goal would be definitely put the album out, be critically acclaimed, quadrillion albums sold, and some Grammy nominations in the mix.”

Well, one of those dreams came true this week, and Cole reacted to it on Twitter. “Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww….I come from Fayetteville, N.C. S–t is unreal,” he wrote after the Grammy nominations were announced this week. “Thank you for the love. See you at the Grammys.”