After what seemed like an eternity for some hip hop fans, J. Cole will finally release his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story on Tuesday, September 27. It’s only fitting that the first member of Roc Nation (Jay-Z’s post-Roc-A-Fella entertainment company) stops by 106 & Park to celebrate this momentous occasion.
So what took the Frankfurt, Germany-born, Fayetteville, North Carolina-raised J. Cole so long to drop an album? He wanted to “spark change” and we all know change takes time.
“People are hurting in the world and we still rapping about super-flashy things, which I’m not knocking it because I am not innocent in it at all. But it’s balance. I think the world is about balance,” he told FrequencyTV. “I don’t think hip hop for a while has been balanced … I don’t want to be the voice of the generation at all, but I definitely want to spark some type of change.”
J. Cole also released three successful mixtapes: The Come Up (2007), The Warm Up (2009), and Friday Night Lights (2010). He also appeared on countless singles, including "A Star Is Born" with Jay-Z and “Beautiful Bliss" with Wale.
Tune in to 106 & Park tonight at 6P/5C to see J. Cole debut his first studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story and perform a 30-minute set.
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