Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011's Most Anticipated Albums- #5: Cole World

When J. Cole came onto the scene with his two critically acclaimed mixtapes, The Come Up and The Warm Up, people began to wonder who was this fiery, young MC from North Carolina. Having been featured on numerous songs the past couple months, the man has made a name for himself as one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in Hip Hop. He unfairly gets compared to Drake, but to his credit, he's made a lane for himself- he isn't trying to be the cool mainstream rapper/part-time R&B crooner. Instead, he's shown a lyrical dexterity that hasn't been heard from a young MC in quite some time.

A few months ago, Jay-Z signed him to his label Roc Nation and his debut album, Cole World, is slated to hit stores in March. With production from No I.D., Salaam Remi, The Neptunes, and Danja (Timbaland's protégé), Cole World should be one of the highlights of 2011. Below is the video for "Who Dat," which is the street single for his album.

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