The Rundown: J. Cole, Born Sinner

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"Villuminati"

Born Sinner opens with a medley of strings and simulated scratches, which Jermaine uses to confess (sometimes I brag like Hov") and reveal which rap song inspired the album's title (sampling Biggie's baritone "born sinner, the opposite of a winner" from Ready to Die's "Juicy"). It's simultaneously egotistic and humble, and it sets the pace for the rest of the album. This one's going to be slightly on the offensive and deeply introspective.

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