After months of lighting up the mixtape circuit, J. Cole is finally giving the fans what they’ve been asking for: his official debut album.
The Roc nation rapper announced the release date for his first ever studio debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. The highly anticipated album will be released on September 27 via Roc Nation/Sony Music. The rapper tweeted the date a little over an hour ago and according to Rap-Up.com, the title and date has been confirmed with J. Cole’s reps.
The North Carolina rapper dropped his first single, “Work Out” last week, sampling Kanye West’s “New Workout Plan” and Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.” The title continues the basketball theme found on his popular mixtapes The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights.
The first single “Work Out” borrows from Kanye West’s “New Workout Plan” and Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up.” J. Cole, who has gained a strong following from his mixtapes said that completing his first commercial project has been bittersweet. The anxious rapper said:
“The only thing I’m not looking forward to about the album… I just finished the album last week. It’s weird. It didn’t feel like it because I’ve got to wait three months for it to actually come out. I’m used to putting out a mixtape I’ve been working on for a year and instantly see the response. I can instantly follow everybody’s response to all the songs.”
Still with the Cole World set to drop just at the cusp of brisker weather, J. Cole is prepared to bring the heat to the hip-hop game.
“I’m tryna win that Grammy, tryna pull some Lauryn Hill shit.”
The rapper has plans to drop another mixtape to hold his fans over before the album drops. So far, producers No I.D., Danjahandz, and Brian Kidd have all signed on to the project. Cole’s mentor, Jay-Z will be making an appearance as well.