Jay-Z’s first signing to Roc Nation, J.Cole dropped his debut album Cole World: Sideline Story last week, which is projected to sell between 225,000 and 250,000 copies in it’s first week to debut at the top spot on the Billboard Charts.

Cole, a college graduate who once stood outside Jay-Z’s office for 3 hours so that he could give him a demo, was snubbed by his mentor when he eventually came out. As fate would have it, one morning while at work (yeah, he had a 9 to 5), he received a text on his phone saying Jay-Z wanted to meet with him after listening to his song “Lights Please”. The rest, they say, is history; he has since been on tour with A-list artistes like Drake and Wiz Khalifa, but his debut album was frequently pushed back since his signing to Roc-Nation in 2009.

The album finally dropped on the 27th of September with features from Trey Songs, Drake, Missy Elliot and of course Jay-Z. I have listened to Cole World and I must confess that going to school does have its benefits – it’s a very lyrical, witty and enlightened perspective of a young rapper. It’s only a matter of time before J.Cole invades your TV screens and iPods like he has my playlist.



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