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Battle of the Debuts: Thank Me Later vs. Cole World: Sideline Story

September 30, 2011 · Posted in Music, reviews · 104 Comments 

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Merry belated Cole World everyone. The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally come and we now have the answers we’ve been looking for in two simple words. Cole World.

J. Cole’s debut album has finally dropped and whether you listened to the leak, or stayed faithful like most true hip hop fans and I, I hope you all bought the album. Then there’s those select few who actually got to go to the listening party that I’m very jealous of (Shout out to @DJEricKidd.)

Now, I did a blog a few weeks back asking which album of 2011 you all were anticipating more: Take Care or Cole World. With the release of Cole World, I figured why not stir up some more controversy and give my opinion on which debut album I enjoyed more: Thank Me Later or Cole World. 

Which album made me say “Wow” after first listen?

This is one of those questions that is not always the best way to determine which album is better, but CAN mean so if said the correct way. There’s the “Wow, that album was a piece of shit” and the “Wow, I just had an eargasm.” Not every album gets a “Wow” at all though. Sometimes it just takes more than one listen to truly enjoy it. Cole World: Sideline Story gave me the eargasm “Wow.” He gave us what we wanted. The lyrical, storytelling, deep rap that got us to become fans in the first place.  Each track gave us something different and you could literally feel his words as he spits them.

Thank Me Later, on the other hand, didn’t “Wow” me, but I did enjoy it through my first listen. The most predominate thing you notice first time through TML is the overwhelming cast of features. You don’t want to get “bodied” on any track on your album, but I feel Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and even Nicki stood out more in their features. I most definitely enjoyed the less “mainstream” songs like “Karaoke,” “Shut it Down,” and “The Resistance.” Drake even said himself that he didn’t feel like he was where he should be rapping-wise at that point in his career. Regardless, I did enjoy his ability to switch between his talents on this album.

Which album is more “played out” proof? 

I don’t know about you guys, but I am VERY anti-what everybody else overplays. Something about a hip hop song that I love, getting played out and quoted in everybody’s status and tweets that irks me. That song immediately gets placed in the back burner until I can listen to it again without thinking “Damn, 50% of this songs lyrics was on my News Feed and Timeline yesterday.”  With that being said, the popularity of Drake amongst EVERYBODY immediately makes TML a more “played out” album. I’m not hating on Drake by any means. It’s not his fault. He’s backed by the most popular artist in the business (didn’t say the best) over the last few years, Lil Wayne. Loved “Over,” “Fancy,” “Find your Love,” and “Up All Night” when I first heard them. After about a month I wanted nothing to do with the songs.

Cole World has only been out a few days. I realize this. But this album has the quotables for the true hip hop fans. Cole has an uncanny story-telling ability that reminds me of Nas. I heard someone say that “Lost Ones” is the modern day “Brenda’s Got a Baby”  and I have got to agree. It tends to be “radio friendly” songs that get played out and I don’t see many of these songs hitting the radio. The easiness of the production also makes the songs easier to listen to over and over again. No beat is too “in your face.” The only songs that have that potential is “In the Morning” because it’s been out for a little while and the popularity of it, and “Mr Nice Watch” because it’s on the radio.

Overall, which album is better?

I’m a huge Drake fan. I’m a huge J. Cole fan. I anticipated each one of these albums the same. So my overall opinion has nothing to do with the amount I was let down. Just strictly who made the better album. I already explained the “wow” factor of the albums. But like I said, that doesn’t necessarily make or break the album. I know many people who listened to “Watch the Throne” the first time and were like “Huh?” but are now huge fans of the album. That’s how I was with TML. Once I realized it wasn’t going to be a “So Far Gone” part 2, it started to grow on me. I love the slow beginning and then unexpected verse on “Karaoke.” I love the “turn this shit up and party” feel from “Show Me a Good Time.” The meaning in the words and the slow flow of “Shut it Down” and how he exchanges a long verse with Hov on “Light Up.”  It was overall a great debut.

Then you have Cole World: Sideline Story. Not that I expected anything less, but I WAS pleasantly surprised that I was “Wow’d” at first listen. The beats are soulful, the words are powerful, the delivery is passionate, and the selection was plentiful. 18 tracks! That’s feeding your fan base. I had mentioned in my previous blog (Take Care or Cole World) that I wasn’t to happy about tracks we’ve already had for a while being on the album. Changed my mind. “Lights Please” fits perfectly on this album and seems to never get old. Through the first few listens I’d have to say that “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Lost Ones” and “Breakdown” are my favorites. I give this album the slight nod over Thank Me Later. Although Drake’s album hit us with some great material, J. Cole fed hungry hip hop fans fiending for that insightful, in-depth lyricism that we need.

So, who do you think had the better debut: Thank Me Later or Cole World?

For a recap check out:

The Complete list of Thank Me Later Lyrics

The Complete List of Cole World: The Sideline Story Lyrics

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Comments

104 Responses to “Battle of the Debuts: Thank Me Later vs. Cole World: Sideline Story”

  1. pap on September 30th, 2011 1:11 am

    thank me later !!

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  2. Ronald on September 30th, 2011 1:18 am

    Cole World !

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  3. CMILLI on September 30th, 2011 1:21 am

    #ColeWorld is no doubt the better debut album..I can’t stop listening to it!!

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  4. Me on September 30th, 2011 1:21 am

    But one thing that ehh me about this comparison is simply J.Cole had a year longer to craft this album ….TML is summer of 2010 Sideline Story summer of 2011.

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    Alexis Reply:

    @Me, lets put it this way. Hip Hop needs whatever sounds good. It’s different and great. When I listen to Cole album I dont give a damn how long it took to make, it great music. If you’re excusing the fact that the reason Drake album wasnt a Wower album then tell him to take his time next time. Cole World!

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  5. yerboy on September 30th, 2011 1:26 am

    no true hip hop fan can disagree with your choice of ‘cole World over TML. You used intellect and musical knowledge with out inferring your opinion too strongly. well written article. Cole World is a type album that 80’s and 90’s emcees would be proud of. it was lyrical, story telling was on point, and had limited radio friendly songs. TML was a very good album and i mean no disrespect to Drake (Not that my opinion to him matters anyways) BUT, his album is something made for the casual fan and the annoying Lil Wayne riders which seem to out-populate hip hop fans nowadays. Not saying J. Cole is better than Drake cuz I believe it is impossible to differentiate but for not Cole World > TML on true RAP standards

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    SANETALLA Reply:

    @yerboy, Cole World

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    J Inough Reply:

    How could you say TML is for the Lil Wayne riders? Did you even listen to it? It’s all slow and emotional. Lil Waynes songs are all about f*** it, I got b****** suckin on my d***.

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  6. @JWADE22 on September 30th, 2011 1:26 am

    Cole World!!!!!!

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    hammer Reply:

    aint it mane

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  7. James on September 30th, 2011 1:27 am

    How much did J.Cole sell

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    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    They’re predicting 250,000.

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    shade Reply:

    @James,

    and here comes a guy tlkin bout sells….smh.

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  8. Timar on September 30th, 2011 1:27 am

    Cole World was a better album overall. Better lyrics, only a couple of features, and a smoother flow from track to track. I like TML but I havent listened to it in a long time because the songs got played out. I feel like i can listen to Cole World in 6 months and still vibe to it the same way i did when i bought it.

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  9. Pat on September 30th, 2011 1:30 am

    cole world

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  10. Beeeeeee on September 30th, 2011 1:30 am

    Cole World, Cole life, Cole blooded.

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  11. RiggsDaBoiWonder on September 30th, 2011 1:31 am

    My Vote is with Cole World.

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  12. WSHH on September 30th, 2011 1:35 am

    Thank Me Later, still jam it today.
    Cole World not bad though, but I was expected a bit more

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  13. jkbhbhjb on September 30th, 2011 1:36 am

    This isn’t even a contest. Cole World is 10 million times better.

    Drake had Lil Wayne boosting the album a ton and also had ALL these feautres which helped the album out even more: Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, TI, Young Jeezy, Swizz Beatz, The Dream, Nicki Minaj & Jay-Z. With production from Kanye, Timbaland, No ID, Boi-1da, and 40.

    Now who did Cole have featured? (aside from Drake, cause nobody was anticipating In The Morning to be on the album, it’s well over a year old)
    He ONLY HAD JAY-Z…. Missy Elliot, Trey Songz did hooks. Cole produced the entire album aside from the 1 NO ID song.

    Cole could have gotten Kanye, Nas or anyone he wanted with one of the greatest and most powerful artists in music: Jay-Z… but no he didn’t. He didn’t even want a shout out from Jay Z to help him out. He wanted to show the world how he can make an album on his OWN. At least his first album. And he did. Cole World just kills Thank Me Later on every single level. And I’m not biased one bit. It’s straight up factual. But how can you even compare an 8 feature album to a 3 feature album? or 6 featured verses to a 1 feature verse album..

    Cole World – album of the year

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    Dennis Reply:

    @jkbhbhjb, Cole World is not album of the Year stop it right there…. There are so many albums out better than this that came out this year. The lyrics J cole on his tracks are all the same and old already he has no creativity at all I find J cole to be absolutely boring and Corny And the guy up there is right Thank Me Later Came out Last year Cole had like 12 years to do this album… Watch out for Take Care I gurantee we wont be talking about this album

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    E.J. Reply:

    @Dennis, aye dennis fuck what you talkin bout j. cole got album of the year

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    Shaq.P Reply:

    I agree , except one part. Jay – Z was on Mr. Nice Watch.

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    Mariane Reply:

    @jkbhbhjb, Yeah Drake had alot of guests on this album why not? He had like what 2 or 3 mixtapes that he did all on his own.

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  14. domican on September 30th, 2011 1:40 am

    thank me later!

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  15. TRILL on September 30th, 2011 1:43 am

    ITS TRUE . i expected cole world to be more. thank me later is my jam still

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  16. Eri on September 30th, 2011 1:48 am

    They’re both great debit albums.. I think J. Cole was just under more pressure cause Jay-Z put his ass on check!

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  17. Markos on September 30th, 2011 1:58 am

    Cole World for sure. no doubt about it

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  18. Duncan on September 30th, 2011 2:18 am

    Thanks me later i expected so much more from cole but a let down i only like 3 tracks off that album dollar and a dream 3 rise and shine and lost ones

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  19. Martin Carniglia on September 30th, 2011 2:36 am

    We still don’t know much about Take Cara since Drizzy said the tracklist that was out was fake. I personally prefer Drake’s style, lyrics and overall job so I’ll go for Take Care.
    Oh and for the guys saying Cole World’s a better album cuz he got less help or because Cole did the whole stuff himself, we’re discussing which album is better and not who had more work. If we focus on quality I’m all in for Drizzy Drake tho Cole did a really good job and deserves to be the best newcomer.

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    jimboRU Reply:

    we’re not talking about take care you idiot

    @Martin Carniglia,

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  20. xavo on September 30th, 2011 2:46 am

    I never even heard Thank Me Later aside from the singles. I bought Cole World and let the Intro transition to the beautifully produced “Dollar and A Dream III” and knew that this is what real hip hop is about. Drake and Lil Wayne are hot for the moment artists. I admit that they can get lyrical at times but Cole World is what the 90s era of hip hop was made of and ask Nas, Em, Jay, that real, deep, story-telling, lyrics is what defines longevity. Flashy and featured filled albums are just for in the moment hype and at times are necessary to stay relevant but a debut should be able to define what the artist is about. Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, Slim Shady LP, were all classic debuts and were not famous feature heavy. Besides Dr. Dre on “Guilty Conscience” the only other rap feature Eminem had on the Slim Shady LP was then unknown Royce Da 5’9. Cole World is a solid foundation and im sure years from now when he looks back at his cataloge, he can still be proud of that first album. Great article. I love how you break down and define each album and their pros and cons, unlike other people who just shout out “Young Money!!” or “Cole World!!”

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    brosky Reply:

    @xavo,

    ^^^best comment here

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    Lil Weezy :D :D Reply:

    @xavo,
    Best comment :D
    :HANDS DOWN:

    @Killerhiphop.com : appreciate this comment .. :D

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    Alexis Reply:

    @Lil Weezy :D :D, I LOVE you for this comment. We need more people like you.

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    Mariane Reply:

    Right now J.cole is on his nice new suave swag but in a few years itll all be mediafriendly. Check out Drake in his first mixtapes he was niice and smooth he spoke real shit and now hes mediafriendly

  21. Felipe on September 30th, 2011 2:59 am

    [J]ermain Lamarr [Cole] Like this said, ‘J. Cole fed hungry hip
    hop fans fiending for that insightful, in-depth
    lyricism that we need.’ That’s what got me, fan since 08′
    -Cole World

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  22. chp on September 30th, 2011 3:04 am

    THANK ME LATER

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  23. karohn on September 30th, 2011 3:14 am

    THANK ME LATER

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  24. AntPDX on September 30th, 2011 3:33 am

    COLE WORLD.

    With songs like “Lost ones” and “Nobody’s Perfect” he just blew me away. I was a fan of maybe 2 or 3 of his songs before the album but now I’m a proud Cole fan. His journey to success and the way he tells it through his music is what caught me. I definitely could hear influences of the greats on this album (Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z.) It’s scary to think about what J.Cole will do to Hip Hop over the next several years.

    – AntPDX

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  25. Tipsytop on September 30th, 2011 3:40 am

    Cole World has the album of the year! & I’m standing on it! Drake is cool but is gettin boring & lame!

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  26. Carter on September 30th, 2011 3:59 am

    thank me later.
    no j.Cole /:

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  27. OVO XO on September 30th, 2011 4:10 am

    Thank Me Later

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  28. B.J on September 30th, 2011 4:15 am

    This is a well crafted article. I definitely agree. Cole World was better than Thank Me Later. Cole World had less features, better production, dope lyrics and concepts. It instantly gave me that “wow” factor where as Thank me later didnt but i still enjoyed Thank Me Later. Cole blew us away. I havent stopped listening to Cole World and I see myself listening to it a year from now.

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  29. Shane on September 30th, 2011 4:30 am

    Drake is better than J Cole but J Cole Did his thing. TML over Cole World and DEFINETELY Take Care over Cole World

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    Colacone Reply:

    @Shane, Really? An unfinished, unreleased album is better? What an ignorant comment, hop off YMCMB’s dick…

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    Me Reply:

    @Colacone, ^^ lol well said

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  30. E.J. on September 30th, 2011 4:35 am

    Cole World was much better. All of his lyrics have something real to say unlike Drizzy i still fuck with drake but Cole is ah much better artist and had ah much better debut. #ColeWorld album of the year

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  31. Royal Swagness on September 30th, 2011 4:35 am

    I’ll take Cole World:T.S.S over T.M.L.

    J.Cole had a lyricial album with s
    Soulful beats & great stories.

    Can’t think of nothin great about T.M.L.

    J.Cole’s album weakness was it lacked commercial success. If you want to sell out huge arenas & have billboard chart hits, & millions of fans notice you at a blink of an eye, you have to focus on at least a couple of radio hits on your album.

    Drake’s album weakness was that T.M.L had a lot of woo is me stuck on myself lyrics, he kept bragging about his money & annoyed me with shoutin out YMCMB in every other line.

    So Far Gone should of been his debut album.

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  32. Kiq on September 30th, 2011 5:07 am

    big shout Drizzy Drake. Very solid debut, but you need to showcase your own talents as debut.. too many features for me, even tho they were top class features, but still, your first album show what u got son!!! everyone knows you can write, sing and rap do it boy!!! Cole showed you he can do that shit, he can sing on the hook and rap his off off to pay sallie may!!! For me Jermaine done it right, little features and best song choice for album.. Maybe not lights please and in the morning, they old shit. Dope as hell songs, but fans want new shit!!. thats the mixtape shit!! if you gonna put in the morning, leave out drakes verse. I got the album and it quoted guest additional appearance from Drake WTF!! GOH!!!!! he aint even record in studtio with you for that joint that was like 07′ 08 what? he record in in 10!! WTFFFFF that shit cray

    OVERALL Cole World >> TML

    hope drizzy returns to that so far gone/comeback season shit!!!

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    jim Reply:

    @Kiq, when the fuck did j cole sing? if u call that singing i should be a millionaire for my voice

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  33. kidjaysus on September 30th, 2011 5:22 am

    Thank Me Later.. yea i know what i said but later doesnt always come so instead Thank Me Now!

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  34. Ghetto Bebop on September 30th, 2011 5:59 am

    Cole World!

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  35. Luis on September 30th, 2011 6:10 am

    #Cole World!

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  36. JC on September 30th, 2011 6:29 am

    In my opinion, when looking the overall quality of the projects:

    Cole World > Thank Me Later

    BUT

    Cole World < So Far Gone

    But that is just my personal opinion…

    Really, why are we still having this Cole vs Drake comparison conversation anyway? Hasn't this been played out to death yet? I hate how rap is always a question of who is better, and KHH bloggers seem to just be embracing that crap a lot lately (for the hits, I suppose).

    Sometimes I'm in the mood to listen to a hard, lyrical Cole song. Sometimes, I want more than just the bars I listen to a Drake/40 song (his real music, not the radio-friendly pop). If I want to zone out and listen to a different sound altogether I throw on Section.80.

    Music should be an art, not a competition.

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    ItsReggie Reply:

    @JC, you comparing coleworld to so far so gone.? thats an album to a mixtape. Both are incredible artist and 2 of my favorites no doubt but if u throw so far so gone in there u gotta put friday night lights in and then compare, but I kinda agree with what ur saying

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    JC Reply:

    @ItsReggie, I threw SFG in there more to show that Drake is capable of releasing a project on the same (or better) level as Cole. FNL is a sick mixtape of course, but that wasn’t really the point I was trying to get across. All I wanted to say is that it doesn’t really matter who has the better album this year, because they’re both excellent in their own right, and the fact that people compare the two is a waste of time and a waste of their own unique projects.

    I just want to listen to great music without dick-riders and haters spamming comments all the time!

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  37. jim on September 30th, 2011 6:37 am

    how can u compare the two? j cole took over 2 years to make the album yet drake did it under a year? like really, lets be honest, j cole has the same flow and delivery in every song except for maybe 3 of them on the album. he has good lyrics but it def did not live up to the hype… in some songs u dont even understand what he is saying, or ur saying to urself that uve heard it before in another song. sure drake did have more features, but think, all these famous artists wanted to be on the rookies first album.. Sideline story is great but u cant compare the two. sorry villainville or whatever u guys call urselves but drake took this with ease just cause of how many ppl still listen to him and anticipate take crae…. so have fun on the sideline, take care

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    Geez Reply:

    @jim,
    Real

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    jim Reply:

    @Geez,
    come one man, gotta know music to c it haha

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    david Reply:

    @jim hope off young moneys dick. Coles verses were repetitive? if i wanted to listen to verses ive heard before ill just play some c4.
    YMCMB. Yall Mad Cole Much Better

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  38. mark on September 30th, 2011 6:50 am

    Cole world! Real hip hop.

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  39. Jay on September 30th, 2011 7:48 am

    TML sold almost 500k its first week Sideline is only selling less then 300k

    Numbers dont LIE

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    JUSTTHETRUTH Reply:

    @Jay, Numbers don’t define talent! How many times must this be told. Britney Spears has sold more than Whitney Houston but everybody knows Whitney is the one with real talent. When talking about art do NOT bring in sales cause they can be manipulated with promotion, live appearances, smash hits and such. Drake is more commercial, J cole isn’t he tried that with “work out” and “Can’t Get Enough” but they weren’t really hits. Drake and TML was big cause of his buzz b4 his album was out he was on thousands of established album tracks and such that helped his sales greatly; apart form touring with Rihanna and Drake J cole isn’t that known as Drake was at the release of TML. 300K with NO radio smash is a sign that Cole can do big things- imagine if he had a hit and was featured on every artist’s song before the cole world release date..he would have sold much more, 500K DEFINITELY.He just needs a few commercial Hip Hop songs and he will blow up imagine having real Hip Hop fans and commercial ones that is what makes you beyond great, he has a formula to satisfy both groups (although he is satisfying more real hip hop fans at the moment) once he figured out his commercial side he is done-paving away into legendary status. I love Drake too, Loved his mixtapes but not everyone was pleased with his album critics and all. J cole has been getting good reviews that alone will attract people to his album if they haven’t heard of him. Drake raps about the same things random women( including strippers), weed, money , fame, Nicki Mianaj, young money over and over again. I know you might say he is” being real that is his life”, but J cole isn’t exactly a thug either but he raps about life things his fans can relate to songs like “never told”and “lost ones” are real, his fans can’t relate to fame cause they haven’t experienced it, they can’t relate with going to the club with Rihanna and throwin “hundreds on the strippers” cause they can’t do that either. Don’t get me wrong Cole raps about that stuff too on his album cause that is where his life is now but its limited..and Thank God he isn’t prone to singing- Drake needs to lessen the singing and do more rapping cause he has skills! I hated Cole before and was all for Drake (i was pretty much a mainstream hip hop fan) but listening to “who dat” and “lights please” converted me lol (and there not even his best songs” ..when I heard it i was like” ohhh so that’s why niggers are always whining about real hip hop” – this is real hip hop, Cole is a storyteller i can lie in bed and listen to- Drake is what I jam to on my Ipod when i am on my way to college- when i am in my deep thinkin mood definitely searching for J cole Pac or Kanye! Compliments to killer hip hop for the unbiased analysis.

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    Markos Reply:

    @Jay,
    Larger numbers don’t necessarily equate to a better album..
    Cole World, No Wheelchair

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    Grattsxo Reply:

    @Markos,
    Agreed! Tha Carter 4 had almost a million in sells. I dont hate or love lil wayne, but he is capable of doing good music (Tha Carter 3). But C4 was a flop. Cole and Drake’s album were far better. So was MBDTF by Kanye. But wait, didnt they sell less then Lil Wayne? Guess that means bigger numbers = better album? No, im sorry it doesnt work that way.

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  40. John Doe!! on September 30th, 2011 8:12 am

    COLE WORLD, COLE LIFE, COLE BLOODED!!!!

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  41. alex_and_her on September 30th, 2011 8:57 am

    Cole world is a deep album…..TML is as shallow as hell!

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  42. Lil Weezy :D :D on September 30th, 2011 9:08 am

    Thank Me Later <3

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  43. pack on September 30th, 2011 12:46 pm

    the people saying ‘thank me later’ was better than ‘cole world’.. are the same people contributing to the decline of what they call ‘true hip-hop’. drake is a wave-rider.. cole starts the wave. drake raps about what people want to hear.. cole raps about his life..it just so happens people can feel & relate. i dont wanna hear cole back to back at a club.. but drake.. ill hear a million times. point is.. when we look back ten years from now.. from a strictly hip-hop perspective.. cole will be seen as a young..2011 version of nas (not a comparison).. and drake will be that kid from degrassi..or..ja rule 2.0

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  44. olajide onabanjo on September 30th, 2011 1:01 pm

    re u guys crazy?how can u compare TML to cole world cole world has d same feeling all round its nt multidimensional at all am nt sayin the album is nt dope bt u cant just compare it with TML its an insult.and more over if u look at the tym it took j cole to put his shit together compare to TMLmhen its nt comparable dey say men lie women lie but NUMBERS DONT FUCKIN LIE….MY FAVORITE TRACKS ON COLE WORLD RE LIGHT PLEASE AND in the morning.above all TML is way way far far better than cole world.shout out to WEEZY F BABY THE GREATEST RAPPER ALIVE AND YMCMB THE HOTTEST GROUP AROUND.

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    Markos Reply:

    @olajide onabanjo, That’s why you can’t even spell. Typical in Weezy & Drake fans.

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    Wolf Reply:

    @olajide onabanjo, Honestly dude, I stopped reading your post after the third line. It’s one thing if you never learned grammar in school but, its another if you did but refuse to use it.

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    david Reply:

    @olajide onabanjo YMCMB. Yall Mad Cole Much Better !

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  45. jimboRU on September 30th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Weezy is a bum..eminem > weezy FOREVER ; but that’s another topic..i realize that most people who say TML was better just shout out “Thank Me Later”, with no actual supporting statements to follow. Cole World took 2 years, yes; however, he produced the entire thing by himself and didn’t need anybody’s help. He has done everything by himself whereas Drake has been getting put on by Wayne for 3 years roughly. Yes, numbers do not lie either but 90% of Drake’s fans are females. Can’t help the sex appeal and what is currently selling in the industry today. Cole World all day.

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  46. jimboRU on September 30th, 2011 2:28 pm

    Secondly, lets get some educated young American men in here to debate this because clearly all you peopl who defend Drake cannot even speak the english language properly.

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  47. Alexis on September 30th, 2011 2:43 pm

    I COULDN’T agree more. I love it Cole world!

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  48. Ver$e on September 30th, 2011 3:51 pm

    I love a few songs on both albums at first i heard TML and a few lines stuck, i still play it now, its only just come off the ipod because im waiting for the Take Care album, cole world i enjoy to, but i dont see myself playing it over and over again, because he tells stories, once you know the ending a few times, it doesnt really stick, i love his style and his hooks are catchy and stick. but its like watching a film over and over again, you are gonna get bored and skip bits, thank me later is like scarface movie and cole world is more like a documentary. this is juts my view

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    Markos Reply:

    @Ver$e, Respect your views but TML is like a Scarface movie WTFFFF?

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    david Reply:

    @Ver$e if TML is Scarface then Cole World is The Godfather. You might be able to listen and watch TML or Scarface more, bt Cole World (like The Godfather) will be looked at as a classic years from now.

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  49. jimboRU on September 30th, 2011 4:38 pm

    why were my comments deleted? COLE WORLD

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    jimboRU Reply:

    @jimboRU, nvm lol

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  50. Markos on September 30th, 2011 7:04 pm

    COLE WORLD, NO WHEELCHAIR!

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  51. Fck wiz on September 30th, 2011 8:08 pm

    Thank me later . !

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  52. damian on September 30th, 2011 9:01 pm

    Cole World

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  53. Geez on September 30th, 2011 10:20 pm

    Wtf. Why compare Cole World and Thank Me Later?
    That’s like comparing Friday Night Lights to Comeback Season.
    Epic Fail.
    Take Care will probably shit on Cole World.
    That was Drake about a year ago.

    Cole World was dope as shit though. Kinda turned me off because of all the songs we already heard. about 1/5 of the Album

    You can’t even compare FNL to So Far Gone…
    They’re both good friends. They should keep making each other’s music better with the subliminal disses.

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  54. kbrian on September 30th, 2011 11:37 pm

    i’m a bit confused as to why some of you are comparing take care and cole world. we’re comparing freshman albums, by the way. and even so, i do believe that the side line story will be better than take care. Marvin’s Room and Trust Issue comes no where near the depth and emotions of the songs of the sideline story. I’m going to say that Drake is the successor for young money at this point when it comes to actual hip hop (Lil Wayne has deteriorated in that category as i would classify him as pop now.). The ammo used against Cole World is that some of the songs have been put out and most people have heard them already. Excuse me, but i you need to realize the duration of free music that J. Cole has been giving us. Free. Free. Free. And for so long as well. On top of that, there is no doubt about how well the songs fit into the album. The only chance for drake to compete is to stay away from singing, and make his singing strictly for hooks and choruses. He cannot drown his album with features, as his last album every other song (literally) had a feature on it. If i buy an album, i want to hear that person and what they’re capable of and what they have to say, not a continuum of verses from other people. Competition brings out the potential in people and artist, it has been an amazing year for hip hop- and i am very excited. Wale, Kendrick, J. Cole, and Drake are rising, and i hope to see the pitbulls, wacka’s and lil wayne’s submerge.

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  55. RaaJa on September 30th, 2011 11:45 pm

    Drake Is Best.. But Cole is Lyrically Best… Both R Best on there Side…. Both of them got capability for make a Hit Banger…

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  56. COLE BLOODED on October 1st, 2011 1:37 am

    j.cole is my fav artist, but to me Section 80 should get album of the year!!

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  57. AboveGreatness on October 1st, 2011 3:44 am

    Thank Me Later Over Cole World ? Cole World Was Epic I Like How He Put A Few Of His Old Tracks On The Album Cause Those Are The Tracks That Helped Shape His Music Career ..Google Those “Old” Song J. Cole Has A Deep Meaning & Reason Behind All Of Them ..& I Like How He Didnt Have So Many Features I Just Show How He Could Hold Things Down ..I Doubt Many People Will Be Saying The Only Reason He Sold So Many CD’s Was Because He Had Jay-Z On Every Track & Top Producers Beats..The Man Made 90% Of The BeatsAre You Serious Name The Last Person Who Did That ..? Drake Has So Much Support What Does J. Cole Have Except Talent & Great Storytelling — Drake Had Lil’ Wayne ..To Say TML Is Better Than Cole World Is Saying Lil’ B Is Better Than Nas #JustMyOpinion..

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  58. Manny on October 1st, 2011 4:01 am

    THANK ME LATER ALL THE MOTHAFUKEN WAY!!!!

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  59. Cadda on October 1st, 2011 2:47 pm

    Cole World is a lot better, Drake sucks.

    But Cole World isn’t album of the year, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, Oneirology, etc. are better.

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  60. MJ on October 1st, 2011 3:05 pm

    Thank Me Later had a strategy behind it, he made that album that way so he can make a shit ton of money and not have to strain himself over his second album. Drake said Take Care is going to be So Far Gone and Thank Me Later put together but on steroids. If that’s true, this album is going to be incredible. He did the numbers to keep himself comfortable. Wise decision. I have always said that J.Cole is lyrically more gifted than Drake. True statement. But there is something about Cole that he lacks, and I don’t know what it is. He made his album the way he should have and the way i would have wanted Thank Me Later done, waayyyyy less features. But the thing about J.Cole’s album is, is that he won’t garner as much attention as Drake and hold people’s eyes that long. He might not make as much money as Drake and that’s cool. But the thing is nowadays, record labels push for numbers. They aren’t just working for themselves anymore. It’s literally a way you look at things. Lyrically, J.cole beats Drake. In a different light, Drake beats J.cole when it comes to making a song sound good and making things fit in the right places. The problem, this is a comparison to last years Drake to this years Cole. There are some things to be accounted for. I’ll wait till I have heard Take Care to fully gauge both. From what I heard, it might be Take Care all day.

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  61. Wolf on October 1st, 2011 7:35 pm

    Cole>Drake
    Album of the year – Watch the Throne

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  62. Grattsxo on October 1st, 2011 8:59 pm

    I think they are both really good artist in there own way. At the end of the day it comes down to opinions. I for one really enjoyed both what they had to offer with there debut album, can’t wait for what they have to give us next.

    P.S I know a lot of people still live in the 80’s – 90’s hip-hop era, but thats been done already, its time to move foward and give something new. Even eminem, jay-z, nas don’t put out the same stuff. To stay in the game you have to stay relevent. Nobody knows what will happen 10 years from now. I hope both Drake and Cole are still putting out stuff that “wow” us. They just have to keep working hard and doing what they do best. Best to luck to both of them!

    Great article by the way! Love killerhiphop!

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  63. esoterek.. on October 1st, 2011 9:27 pm

    cole world.. god’s gift is my fav track. he shouldve put killers on the album or at least part of the bonus tracks.

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  64. jim on October 2nd, 2011 6:34 am

    fuck bitches get money, both r great artists. stop arguing like queers and get poon

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  65. bob on October 2nd, 2011 8:03 am

    hmm id say cole world cuz its just out and thank me later has been out but im deff that Take Care is goin to be way better than most albums

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  66. Pale on October 2nd, 2011 12:32 pm

    You guys, i am an upcoming artist, and every upcoming artist ( including myself ) know that this j cole album is what we dream of at night when we go to sleep. Production-wise, lyrically its way beyond drakes level, not taking anything away from drizzy, but im just saying, forget the fans for a minute, j cole showed every upcoming artist that you can still be the same and be signed to a legend in the game and make an album of ur choice. Drizzy drake had a fantastic TML feature plan going on and it really helped him, he even said that its my first album i cudnt do it on my own. j cole is on his was to being a legend and drake might be on his way too but he needs to work harder on feeding his true hip hop fans more often, cus thats what cole is doing atm. Lost ones gives anyone in world, from metal freaks to techno and trance fans, goospumps, and i can asure that bcus ive seen it happen. He mixed that underground feeling with as little of mainstream as he could to come out with a classic album that im sure Nas will comment and say Cole World: The Sideline Story is a true hip hop classic, and i say Nas because i know cole is inspired by him in many ways. Much respect for drizzy tho, hes working to hard to satisfy all his listners. If you satisfy urself with the music, ur fans HAVE to be more than satisfied, and if thyre not, they are not true fans.
    PS. To all true hip hop fans, i guess we have to wait for another album from drake for that true hip hop feeling cole gave us cus its gna be like we expect .. R&B.

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  67. UNDFTD on October 3rd, 2011 1:40 am

    The Sideline Story is what true hip-hop needed.

    I hate it when people compare artists due to record sales. It’s like saying (if you know basketball) Bill Russel is better than Michael Jordan because he has more rings.

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  68. david on October 3rd, 2011 3:21 am

    Cole World ! and lets not forget that j. cole produced basically the entire album instead of having big name producers such as timbaland or swizz like TML had. J. Cole had one of the best debuts of all time bt did fall short of being a classic. I honestly can say, in another year or 2 drake and j. cole r going to b untouchable.

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  69. Will on October 4th, 2011 3:13 am

    Drake and Cole are my 2 fav rappers (alive) so it is a tough call. Having listened to both albums many times now i would probably lean towards TML. My reasoning is that I feel some of Cole’s tracks just don’t hit the mark, particularly Mr Nice Watch. Some of them sound very similar. TML had a lot of different tracks and different beats. Still, I will bumping both albums for years to come. Oh and Lost One’s is the song of 2011 (although the leaked beat was better than the new one on the album).

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  70. Billy Jean on October 4th, 2011 11:58 pm

    I’m a hardcore fan for J. Cole and Drake. like really i can listen to both of them all day and that all. Drake’s songs really touch me like with ex’s and next’s and money and fame makes me want to pursue a dream. On the other hand J. Cole makes me want to become a better person day by day, go to college respect women and be more responsible. Both albums are good and different shouldn’t even be compared one is more radio played because of the connects Drake have, J. Cole is like less played because radio stations want more commercial then real lyricism but still both great album shouldn’t be compared in no way! Just depends what feeling you get when you listen to each album.

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  71. breezy on October 6th, 2011 2:20 am

    cole world bitches!!! maybe if drake would stick to rapping than u put him and j cole in da same sentence…..on top of that drake always crying ova rihanna mean while j cole bussin ha cheeks lmaooo…dat shit cray

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  72. muffinn♥ on October 24th, 2011 8:00 pm

    Cole World is better than Thank Me Later , but Drake’s new album wich is about to drop “Take Care” is madd dopeee ! HANDS DOWN ! “make me proud go listen to itt ( : !

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