The 28-year-old released his first album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011, but he said this album had a different feeling as he created it.
“This is the first time I’ve felt like I was working on an album. The first one felt like I was piecing together things…Now on this album, I started with nothing,” Cole said. “I had songs, but I wasn’t relying on those. It was like, ‘Let’s start with nothing.’ I literally started from scratch and the next thing you know, I’ve got nine songs, ten songs. It was just a more organic feeling.”
Cole also said he physically wrote his songs with a pen as opposed to typing them, which he said was more comfortable and intimate.
The J. Cole Born Sinner tracklist is as follows (Truly Yours 3 songs feature as asterisk):
1. Villuminati 2. Kerney Sermon (Skit) 3. LAnd Of The Snakes 4. Power Trip featuring Miguel 5. Mo Money (Interlude) 6. Trouble 7. Runaway 8. She Knows featuring Amber Coffman 9. Rich Niggaz 10. Where’s Jermaine? (Skit) 11. Forbidden Fruit featuring Kendrick Lamar 12. Chaining Day 13. Ain’t That Some Shit (Interlude) 14. Crooked Smile featuring TLC 15. Let Nas Down 16. Born Sinner featuring James Fauntleroy *17. Miss America *18. New York Times featuring 50 Cent & Bas *19. Is She Gon Pop *20. Niggaz Know *21. Sparks Will Fly featuring Jhene Aiko
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