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    J. Cole - Born Sinner

    Release date: June 10, 2013

    On Born Sinner, J. Cole sounds comfortable with himself and his place in the rap game. He's not out to make crossover hits (although he certainly benefits from a radio-friendly Miguel chorus on "Power Trip"), he's not going to wow heads with feats of verbal dexterity like Kendrick Lamar, and he's certainly not going to look to Arca and Hudson Mohawke for production like Kanye West. Instead he chose production that suited him, subject matter that's very much his own (would anyone else make a song like "Let Nas Down"?), and made a solid, enjoyable album.—Constant Gardner