J. Cole’s debut album, 2010’s Cole World: The Sideline Story served as his commercial breakthrough, if not fully capitalizing on the MC’s talents. Cole has said his new album will for the most part strip away the commercial aspects of his debut and feature a much more authentic hip-hop vibe.
To quench his fans’ thirst, Cole released Yours Truly 2, sequel to his February 2013 release Yours Truly. The newest EP kicks off with the fantastic “Cole Summer,” which samples the Lauryn Hill classic “Nothing Even Matters.” From the start, Cole advises us that this isn’t a preview of what to expect for his new album, but truth be told this is the style Cole excels at. Throughout the lengthy verses he comes across as a young André 3000 by delving into a stream-of-conciousness approach to his lyrics, and his relaxed nature emanates itself fully as he sings “I think I need to let it go.” Whether Born Sinner matches the success of Cole World seems to be the least of his worries; on “Cole Summer” the MC serves up a notice that no matter how his album is received, he can rest well knowing he’s one of the top rappers in the game, young or old.
Truly Yours and Truly Yours 2 are out now on DatPiff. Born Sinner, his second LP, is due out 25 June 2013.