Cole World: The Sideline Story
J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2011 Ratings: #413 / 895
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2011 Ratings: #153
September 27, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roc Nation / Columbia / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
Your Review


Beats Per Minute

Cole is a man to himself. He was faced with ignorance, and cranked out a hit album in its face.

Consequence of Sound

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.

Oct 11, 2017
Boring, not even close to on par with his later work
Jul 7, 2017
Finally... after seemingly endless months of Cole trying to develop his style and spread his wings, his studio debut came hard, and boasted a multitude of engaging and entertaining tracks, laced with the type of cerebral and introspective and perfectly-timed lyrics that he would continue deliver consistently for the next several years.
Dec 10, 2016
this dude cornyyyyy
Mar 16, 2016
When Cole tries to do a heavily conceptual song (Lost Ones) (no pun intended) or later (Wet Dreamz), it comes off as very contrived and corny. When his songwriting is on point though, he delivers a classic.
Mar 3, 2016
Give us more of songs like: Lights please, lost ones, never told, breakdown.
None of that: Mr nice watch, in the morning, work out stuff.
Overall a solid album.
Purchasing Cole World: The Sideline Story from Amazon helps support Album of the Year.
Track List
  1. Intro 
  2. Dollar and a Dream III 
  3. Can't Get Enough 
  4. Lights Please
  5. Interlude 
  6. Sideline Story 
  7. Mr. Nice Watch 
  8. Cole World 
  9. In The Morning 
  10. Lost Ones 
  11. Nobody's Perfect 
  12. Never Told 
  13. Rise and Shine 
  14. God's Gift 
  15. Breakdown 
  16. Work Out

Added on: September 27, 2011