Jay-Z Declares J. Cole’s Album a ‘Classic’

J. Cole and Jay-Z

Jay-Z has spoken. The hip-hop tycoon has given his stamp of approval to J. Cole’s debut album, calling it a “classic.”

Jay’s protégé had the daunting task of playing the album for his Roc Nation boss. “When I played him the album, I could gauge his response not on what he said, but what his vibe was,” Cole exclusively tells Rap-Up.com. “I linked up with [Roc Nation executive] Rich Kleiman and he said he was with Jay-Z later that night. Out of nowhere, Jay said, ‘So Cole got a classic. That motherfucker.’”

As of last Friday, the album was 99 percent done. “I still have to finish up interludes, tweaking mixes, and features that I’m trying to make happen.”

One of those potential features is his mentor, though Cole isn’t stressing if schedules don’t permit half of The Throne to be on the album. “We’ll see. It’s very possible that he might not be on it. I feel like it’s dope as hell though,” he shares.

“The whole world knows that J. Cole is waiting on a Jay-Z verse, but if it don’t happen, it don’t happen. But how ill is it that the album is called The Sideline Story, which is a metaphor for me trying to get off the bench, and I’m waiting for the nod from the coach?”

After hearing Watch the Throne, the North Carolina MC was initially concerned about his own material, but it only inspired him more. “When I first heard the album, I was like, ‘Damn, they really gonna put this out seven weeks before my album?’” says Cole, who singled out “New Day” and “Gotta Have It” as his two standout tracks off Throne. “I got a little nervous, but it’s also motivation and pushes me further.”

Find out why Cole World: The Sideline Story is deserving of Jay-Z’s praise when it arrives on September 27, featuring the singles “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough” with Trey Songz.

–Reporting by Jason Newman

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    COLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE WOLRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!! Best new lyrical rapper out, well out to the mainstream world! I can NOT wait til’ Sept. 27th!!!!!!


  2. ColeWorld

    Yessssssssssss Cole World!!!…southsiiide, westside..can’t get enough, can’t get enough :DD


  3. K1llm4tic

    As if I wasn’t convinced enough alredy.


  4. ImmaDoIt


    I know this album is going to be something for the books. His talent speaks for itself. I hope Jay comes through with that verse, and like Cole said, even if he doesn’t, the album will still be greatness. I can’t wait to pick it up next month.


    TAYBABY Reply:

    @ImmaDoIt, agree :)


  5. It's Game Time

    I’m sure the Album will be dope. But what else shoud Jay-Z say?


    ??? Reply:

    @It’s Game Time, I know right

    media makes news out of everything


  6. WatchTheThrone

    cuz i only make classics
    now what that take? timin
    cole under pressure
    what that make? DIAMONDS
    can’t wait!!!


    I'mInYaWindow Reply:



  7. Lisa

    We’ll see. It sounds good!


  8. DRB

    He got nervous? Please, I’m already over that vanity project. His last mixtape is better than most albums.


  9. illerbrown

    im jumping like a lil kid #smh just imagine what i’ll be doing when it drops… someone will be slapped when i walk in the shop asking where is the “Cole World: The Sideline Story” taking bout we don’t have it but i can see drake’s album there in the background -______-


  10. listen

    why would jay be so hesitant to hop on the album if it’s one of his first signees? also, why couldn’t jay tell him that personally (even if he realized it later, he could have sent a text, email, something more personal to communicate that thought). these are just observations that let me know that things aren’t what they seem. good luck Cole.


  11. ughreally

    I can’t wait to buy his album


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  13. #coleworld

    can’t wait…i know its gonna be dope i just hope he have some good ass first week sales


  14. I'mInYaWindow

    I can’t wait! Cole World!


  15. Real Issh

    I can’t wait !


  16. Triniti

    Cole World, real Cole World/Them boys cool, Cole, he’s on fire :) #TeamNC


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  18. STFU

    i’ll be the judge of that Hov


  19. Kristine

    “I’m sorry junior, I already ruined ya.”


  20. vax

    Ofcuz Jayz will say that its called marketing.Cole had to deal with alot b4 this album drops that kind of pressure will help him in the long run.Girls love cole niggas love cole hes raps are unquestionable..He is currently on a world tour aswell aww shit who dat who dat real rap


  21. Fan Of A Fan

    his album better be a fuckin classic
    cos right now i only like 1 song from him.

    *and let the war begin*


  22. ???

    well I dont understand. If I picked a dude to represent my label, I will be on his project, helping give it a push. Why not. What is there to lose. Jay spits off top so why is it so time consuming.





  24. francis

    trust me, cole will kill it with or without the hov verse.


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