Cole is a man to himself. He was faced with ignorance, and cranked out a hit album in its face.
The Sideline Story is a safe album; rarely shooting for the stars, it consequently lacks extreme highs.
For whatever flaws listeners might be able to take away from Cole World, it’s near impossible to argue it’s not an easy or flagrantly enjoyable listen.
It doesn't help that Cole brings the least-flavorful bars of his career to his debut, aiming, most likely, for something more universal than his diaristic mixtapes.