The Rundown: J. Cole, Born Sinner

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The Rundown: J. Cole, Born Sinner

J. Cole's first words on Born Sinner: "It's way more darker this time." And that it is. Now that he's in the game, Cole is more honest with his pain than he was on his debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. He's also more resolute in his stance as a mixtape artist. In fact, on Born Sinner, his sophomore effort, he uses so many references to hip hop's golden era that it's difficult to think of anything but a time when mixtapes were actually cassette tapes. And with the deluxe version (five new songs are tacked on at the end) to be known as the Truly Yours 3 EP, it sounds even less like a cohesive, polished studio project. His real fans like that about him. For everyone else, yes, he has crossover appeal, even without a Jay-Z verse. Click on to get a track-by-track review. — Sia Barnes

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