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J Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story review

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2/5 stars

J.Cole's much hyped debut on Jay-Z's RocNation label shows an awkward transition from lyrical mixtape MC to commercial pop-rapper. 
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Cole World lacks the raw energy of his digital releases, instead focusing on bland R&B tracks with tween star Trey Songz, and tepid dubstep with a tired Hova. 
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But it's not all bad. 
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Jermaine sprinkles a few great lines on each track, which are worth listening to despite sub-par choruses. 
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The North Carolina native touches on some interesting subjects, speaking from the viewpoint of a pregnant woman during Lost Ones and about daddy issues on Breakdown. 
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Dollar And A Dream III, Lights Please and Sideline Story are also rapped with enough conviction to satisfy hungry fans. 
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Cole World isn't another example of major labels crushing young talent to conform, but you can still pick up their poison touch. 
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By Jimmy Ness
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