J. Cole originally intended to drop his sophomore album Born Sinner on his 28th birthday (January 28) but we’re well aware that at least three delays are standard for studio releases, so the Roc Nation rapper is gifting his fans with the new EP, Yours Truly, instead.
The freebies include “Tears for ODB,” “Crunch Time” and a few others than won’t make the album cut. “It’s time,” Cole wrote on his DreamVillain blog Monday night, debuting the new compilation and also promising an official single later this week.
“I appreciate you giving me the time I needed to grow, experiment, and find the direction for my 2nd album.. And I have. Along the way I’ve recorded at least 4 albums worth of material, lots of it being unfinished demo versions waiting to be polished up, some of them are great songs and important stories that just won’t make the album (either they don’t fit Sonically, don’t fit Theme, or there’s just not enough space).”
“Tonight, I want to give you a few of these songs because you deserve them. It’s hard as f— or me to keep all this music from you for so long, so I know it’s been hard for you to wait. Thank you for your patience. Vibe out to these songs in their raw form, no polish.. just a lot of my soul..”