J. Cole’s ‘Cole World’ Puts Up Big Numbers in First Week

J. Cole

J. Cole is taking his buzz to the bank. The Roc star is set to make a big splash on the albums chart next week with his debut.

Cole World: The Sideline Story, the long-awaited album from the North Carolina MC, is surpassing label expectations and is on track to sell 225,000-250,000 copies in its first week, reports HITS Daily Double. This would land him at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, knocking off current champ Tony Bennett.

The album, which features collaborations with Jay-Z, Drake, Missy Elliott, and Trey Songz, holds at No. 1 on iTunes, outselling Blink-182 and Adele.

Some stores have already sold out of the CD, according to Cole. “Yall sold out so many stores today. Itunes it for now, stores will re-up tomorrow. We on pace. Much Love!” he tweeted to his fans.



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114 Comments

  1. what

    wow! more then wiz did? crazy!! congrats

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    Fan of a fan Reply:

    @what, Wiz Khalifa is horse shit anyways

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  2. Yeah

    YAY COLE WORLD (his album is alright) :)

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  3. selma

    YES!!

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  4. AAA

    Yay!!!!! My baby!!!!!!

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  5. Only1Official (Twiiter)

    You got a classic on your hands…

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    ZX Reply:

    @Only1Official (Twiiter),gratz to him but it is not a classic,and that,s no hating just someone who actually know what he is talking about.

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  6. Mook

    lmao please it’s obvious roc nation bought some cd’s

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    Noelle Reply:

    @Mook, Lol just like a lame, dont want to see him succeed. Maann if you dnt take yo lame hatin ass elsewhere please. Thanks Lame. nah matter fact stay, he needs the haters. He was DEF talking to your kind when he said “…And the bitch niggas that hated.” OH don’t forget to buy the album!:)

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    Jay Reply:

    @Noelle, Amen! LOL

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    Jeff Reply:

    @Mook, Yeah, you’re a hater. Everything Cole does will never be good enough for you, but it’s ok, it’s good enough for the 200,000 people who went out to buy his album. Cole World, we embrace haters like you.

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @Jeff, Your Comment. #winning

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  7. Ronnie Ron

    YEA MANNNNN (Usher Voice) i still gotta buy my copy doe

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  8. Ricardo

    Wiz earned more money

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    shegotit Reply:

    @Ricardo, have a seat!

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    Cole'sWorld-TakeCare Reply:

    @Ricardo,
    Yeah on touring.
    J.Cole wrote all his stuff & produced 80% so he’ll make more then all of them off his album(including anyone on YM). Plus his touring just got up & most of his shows is sold out. I’m going to one Friday. Wiz makes alot off of merchandise & the label he’s on is some what of an indie label so Wiz business is mostly handled from his team, most artist (And all the ones who are along with him) get a few dollars per head at a concert some of them not even that much. Wiz gets like $15 a head. Plus this dude lives on tour. I was shock that his album didn’t sell more than it did. I’ve been to his shows & his fans are all races & ages. 2 me he’s like the male version of Nicki Minaj in regards to fan bases. He had sold out arena shows b-4 his album dropped. Wiz is alot more commercial than Cole & most these other artist 2.

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    Fan of a fan Reply:

    @Ricardo, Oh please. Wiz Khalifa is whack af!!

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    AmbeRussell Reply:

    @Ricardo, u is a dumb ass. wiz was out for how long in mainstream world where j.cole was still doing mixtapes and wasnt out there. u cant compare

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  9. shegotit

    Whoo Hooo!!!

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  10. CCM

    Please take your hating @ss somewhere else Mook. I bet you were one of those lames betting he’d sell less then 50k. Now you butt hurt trolling anything with his name on it. Stores were packed here, and sold out. J. Cole has a HUGE fanbase, especially overseas. Don’t worry, your hate just rises him up more! Fayetteville stand up!! :)

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    daniel Reply:

    @CCM, preach! cole will do big numbers. fan base is ridiculous.

    funny thing is people are now realsing to see your favorite artist succeed you need to buy it!

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    stirr Reply:

    @daniel, Thank to his CLASSIC mixtapes his fan bas is HUGE

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    Noelle Reply:

    @CCM, LOL YES Say it again!! These haters kill me. He came home today Ima have to find him! lol

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  11. daniel

    im telling you right now cole will do 400,000 + first week. there are soo many people buying the more than one copy of the album.

    already done 115,00 first day.

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    Smithers Reply:

    @daniel,
    I could only hope so!
    I may cry if he does. I’m so happy about his numbers this far!
    I’m super proud if him. It’s been a long time coming.
    #COLEWORLD

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    uhuh Reply:

    @daniel, u know nothing bout sales. 250k projection jumps to 400k?
    Take a seat.

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    Jeff Reply:

    @uhuh, Apparently YOU know nothing. While I think it’s farfetched, Carter 4 was projected to sell 650K. It eventually sold 960K.

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Jeff, lil wayne is a worldwide superstar. wtf u tryna say?

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    Brionna Reply:

    @uhuh, he wont do 400k first week

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  12. Jay

    Wiz didnt make more money! Ha J. cole produced his whole album for the most part lol

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Jay, stupid fxck. did u even see the forbes list?

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    Joe Reply:

    @uhuh, YOU DON’T KNOW SHIT.

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  13. JHP

    I personally copped Cole’s album, and these numbers are about what I expected due to the buzz the album seems to have garnered this week, lol at him outselling Khalifa & Sean even though I like them too.

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  14. Real Issh

    I’m a proud fan . This album is dope !

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  15. Ratr

    That’s how it’s done!!

    I never had any doubts J.Cole would do it, he’s been working on his craft for years before his deal with Roc Nation..And Roc too didn’t pull out any stops to get his name out there. It just goes to show that hard work (and talents) pay off.

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  16. pArallel-intersect

    personally the album is not great but i hope for his sake he does big numbers….

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  17. pArallel-intersect

    m not in love with the album but i wud still like to see him do big numbers____

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  18. kb

    i’m so happy for him!

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  19. Tina

    love him since ’08 album is definitely a classic! support real music COLE WORLD NO BLANKET!

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  20. OFWGKTA

    Got my copy yesterday..too happy for him

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  21. Triniti

    Congrats, J.! Shout out to all the people who said he wouldn’t sell 80K…

    So proud to be a North Carolinian!

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  22. Christopher

    He has a great album

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  23. Bizzle

    this shit is wack

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    Noelle Reply:

    @Bizzle, Then why are you here? Take ur hate elsewhere also.

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @Noelle, Some people have been so over saturated with bullshit music that they have just learned to accept it and don’t recognize good shit when they hear it.

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    Amanda Reply:

    @Jay Whitney, AGREED

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  24. flawda

    Imagine that, a artist selling being themselves. No dumbing down their lyrics (Drake), relying on gimmicks (Nicki), using force fed singles (B.o.B), or rapping about simple minded crap (Wiz).

    J Cole is winning, he sold records being himself and the beauty of that is he doesn’t have to keep up a facade or a gimmick. He is selling himself like how Pac, Jay, Nas, Kanye, etc sold themselves.

    He also doesn’t have to stay trendy like these other artist. No need to worry about being the next Nelly, Ja Rule, Lil Jon,etc.

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    bxgurl Reply:

    @flawda, Not only that but Nicki’s album released during Black Friday week, smart marketing to sell thousands of copies for the first week.

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    wayne Reply:

    @flawda, since when does drake dumb down his lyrics wtf?

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    Triniti Reply:

    @wayne, He doesn’t necessarily dumb down the lyrics, but his ish is repetitive: strippers. Canada. His mom. Alcohol. Pressure of fame. Young Money. Repeat.

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    Jeff Reply:

    @wayne, Um, did you forget “Shut It Down”? Dude said You know I shut ‘em down… Onyx. lmao.

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    ZX Reply:

    @flawda,are you serious shout da fu-ck out…it,s stanlies like you that drive away potensial fans with yall bu.llsh.it j-cole is ok but he isn’t on drakes level…you obviously have no idea wt-f you are talking about…how did drake dumb down is lyrics drake isn’t even from the hood,he bin writing and rapping like this from the get go,did none of j-cole singles even break the top 20?he is ok but you are droping out the window..and anyone that dumb down there lyrics is j-cole….were is the who da who da j-cole oi am sure as ever that he isn’t on that album.

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    uhuh Reply:

    @ZX, you, sir. did not make any sense.

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    What? Reply:

    @ZX, drake is not touching j. cole when it comes to lyrical skills (talking bout cole’s the one who dumbed down his lyrics smh) and always has since day one, and this is coming from someone who listened to both their earlier work. Plus, who cares if cole’s singles didnt break top 20 charts, that dont make drake better than j. cole as an artist. Smash hits has nothing to do w/ pure talent nor the quality of the music, which is what matters.

    Talent & Quality >>popular radio hits

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @What?, AMEN!!!

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    Noelle Reply:

    @ZX, wtf are you talking about?? lol esp in ur last sentence. Please go buy the album & listen. Please.

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    Ice Reply:

    @flawda, I agree 100%, even though I love all the artists you mentioned. J. Cole makes my state (NC) proud!

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    THETRUTH Reply:

    @flawda, I think Wiz is the new Nelly- I love Jammin to Wiz if its playin on TV,on my way to college,on the radio and in parties but if i am in a “deep thinker” mood ill scroll down to the artist name “tupac” “Kanye” and the new addition “J cole”..put my Ipod on full blast and just really concentrate on the lyrics and laugh out loud on the real realllll shit

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  25. Bizzle

    moderation? w.t.f

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  26. Aye

    Yessss! #ColeWorld

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  27. mike

    Roc nation bought his CDs, people don’t even know who he is. He did more than Wiz who had a huge #1 song on billboard 100. J Cole doesn’t even had a hit on the Hip hop/R&B chart. It is so obvious that Roc nation bought his cd’s, he did better than most veteran rapper’s this year except for Lil wayne. I lost faith in stats, just like people said that Lil wayne bought his cds. Just bull now days.

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    What? Reply:

    @mike, someone is butthurt that cole is putting up numbers lol seriously unless u have evidence that roc nation bought his cds then stfu talking about things u know nothing about.

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @mike, Unless the millions of fans on his Website/FB/Twitter all work for Roc nation I don’t see how u came come up with that outlandish assumption.

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    Mook Reply:

    @mike, exactly

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    Wtf Reply:

    @Mook, u wack for co-signing his bullshit comment lol

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    Noelle Reply:

    @mike, WOW. you sir, need to go kill yourself. You can tell you know nothing about J. Cole. FIRST of all every label buys their artist’ albums so yeah you’re right Roc Nation probably did buy some albums. It’s funny you claim nobody knows who he is because he has fans worldwide. Literally EVERYWHERE. His fan base is A LOT bigger than ppl think. So dont speak on things you know nothing about, deal? You just cant take it that he has great fans that actually go out & BUY his stuff to support him because he actually has good music unlike YMCMB & these other whack ass artists these days. Go buy the album.

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    Triniti Reply:

    @mike, You are one pathetic son of a bitch. You said the SAME THING when C4 dropped!

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    mike Reply:

    @Triniti, why isn’t his album # on itunes, I don’t even see his album on itunes. All Fake, Roc nation bought his albums same as Jason Derulo, Def Jam will buy his, hitsdaily double didn’t even post jason first day sales.

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    Joe Reply:

    @mike, you’re on some foreign itunes then.

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    Leah Reply:

    @mike, Idk what Itunes you’re looking at. His shit is all over Itunes. It was #1. Selling like a mf’er..& I think it’s like #7 now overall. But then again you were probably somewhere googling “how to hate on J. Cole in any any way possible.” But yeah you should def buy it. Itunes has the extra tracks that the hard copy album doesnt have :)

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    ughreally Reply:

    @mike, JCole has been touring in America and overseas for 2 years, plus he opened for BIG artists (Jay Z, Rihanna) and a successful rapper whose fans he might share (Drake). This builds a following and his album is true to his following. Wiz had a HIT single and people don’t buy albums for singles. His mixtapes DON’T sound like his album so his cult-following fans (screaming “Taylor Gang or Die” ) couldn’t really support his album.

    If you attend a J.Cole concert or see an event the lines outside, the crying fans, the hyped guys, will all show that he has a strong fanbase waiting to support him to prove people like you wrong. The most he/his label would buy would be 1,000 copies (IF that), but not hundreds of thousands. They don’t have anything to prove. It’s not like Jay Z is saying “J.Cole, J.Cole!” everywhere he goes. If he’s not worth money the label would drop him and ignore it , they wouldn’t spend money on it. Look at his music videos..plus he produces his own music…Roc nation isn’t even giving him a budget there. C’mon guy.

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  28. Holtz

    respect

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  29. Bizzle

    jay has olredy dropped him, buyin no.1 spots on itunes #so sad..career is over!

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    What? Reply:

    @Bizzle, delusional cole hater that cant accept the success cole is having #so sad smh

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  30. Elle

    I’m not surprised. Even though wiz had a mega hit single like black and yellow J.cole is an album artist more than a single one. Fans feel deeply connected to his music so will go onto their pockets to buy more than one copy.
    It all goes to show you dnt have to have a hit record, millions of fans on Twitter and facbook. All you need is for people to feel your music. So proud of mr. Cole

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  31. kingb bish

    ok DATS WUZ UP!!!IT’S THE ROC #BOSSCHIT

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  32. Jay Whitney

    OMG People can come up with the most ridiculous accusations ever. LMAO!!!!!! J.Cole is the dopest thing in hip hop rite now. I bought 2 copies of that shit. I aint never bought two copies of anybodies album B4 I heard his shit. His album is legit. Hatin ass niggaz. Sit yo ass down!! #cole_world!!!

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    Noelle Reply:

    @Jay Whitney, THANK YOU. Same ppl that said he wouldnt make it! Now them ppl cant take it!! Its real haters, he cant fake it!!

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  33. ddd

    I CANT SAY THE ALBUM IS CLASSIC OR GREAT (ITS JUST AVERAGE TO ME, UNFORTUNATELY) BUT I COULDNT BE MORE HAPPIER FOR HIM… GOOD JOB COLE

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  34. hating is for suckas and getting money is for winners

    @bizzle..no u dumbass jay did not drop him he is still with the roc ..bey and jayz were with him last nite at the album release party u r a fucking hater who needs to have a seat ..j.cole is winning …and ya’ll better be getting ready for rita ora she is the beyonce junior of this generation haters hate on lmao

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @hating is for suckas and getting money is for winners, I like the way u think homie.

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  35. Kyle

    I’m sick and have been bed stricken for the past few days but the first thing I’m gonna do when I get better is go out and buy his album. I love what I’ve heard so far and the reviews have been positive. Those are solid #’s for a debut too.

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  36. Tyree

    Thats weak. J. Cole fans lets buy more albums.

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    Noelle Reply:

    @Tyree, LOL hahaha I agree tho. I swear he has the best fans

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  37. Ice

    I haven’t had the opportunity to get to a store, but I will be copping it Friday! Proud of Cole, he makes NC proud!

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  38. LGhomes

    So well deserved, it really is a phenomenal album. Can play it from beginning to end…congrats to J Cole.

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  39. DRC01

    I bet he won’t sell more than Drake.

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    LOL Reply:

    @DRC01, Cole had next to no promo all this was because of the buzz he and his fans created. I got his album was just listening to it this morning. You are mad and you will deal with it.

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    Mr Xclusive Reply:

    @LOL, how is he mad you idiot

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    LOL Reply:

    @Mr Xclusive, your a flop wayne fan have a seat loser.

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    Triniti Reply:

    @DRC01, I’m surprised you cleaned enough of Drake’s cum out of your mouth to form a coherent sentence.

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  40. hating is for suckas and getting money is for winners

    @lol …true dat…rocnation and g.o.o.d music are the best labels out kanyewest (my fave rapper) and jigga are schooling these young niggas how to invest and count tall stacks ..brooklyn nets here we come the haters are mad as hell well when your boss name is jayz who is worth over half a billion and his wife beyonce who is worth $365million i would be mad too j.cole is winning

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  41. gman

    The album just isn’t cohesive at ALLLLLL.. lol.. there’s only 3 songs I don’t like tho . But its just a bunch of songs thrown together lol.. Congrats to my brotha tho. He’s actually rapping about real shit its hard to believe in 2011..

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @gman, isnt that what every album is though? ….a buncha songs thrown together?

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  42. This album go hard

    j cole really deserves all the success he receives great numbers for a debut been on j cole since the mixtapes he spits the truth forreal

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  43. Drew

    Congrats!!!! Cole Wolrd, no suggie

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    Drew Reply:

    @Drew, *snuggie

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  44. TRA

    I am so amazed at how people are hating on J. Cole’s success, when J. Cole makes good music. Even if Roc Nation bought all of J.Cole’s albums, he still sold less than Lil Wayne, and Drake who are far more popular than him, but J.Cole’s new album is far better than Tha Carter IV. J. Cole deserves any success that comes his way. J.Cole sold 250,000 copies in his first week, which means his new album is close to being certified gold. That is good numbers for a rookie rapper, considering most people don’t buy albums anymore. Most of the time when people do buy albums, they buy albums from artists who put out terrible music. Every once in a while, people buy albums from good artists who don’t put out bad music. It seems like J.Cole is following in the footsteps of Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Mos Def which means he will have a longer, successful career. Nas is not selling a whole lot of records anymore, but Nas can always make great albums, and still make good money. It is not always about commercial, mainstream success, it comes down to making good music. J. Cole’s new album got good reviews, and that matters.

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  45. Akay

    HAHAHAHA this makes me laugh everytime…

    I never once doubted Cole and I knew he’d do big numbers since he’s a great artist and has a strong, loyal fanbase, but yall remember the haters on every blog?

    “COLE WON’T EVEN DO 80K, HE AINT GOT NO BUZZ. YALL ARE LAME. YALL ON HIS NUTS WAY TOO MUCH”

    hahahahaha, where yall now? lame faggots

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  46. YUNG Will

    j cole album is da shit…i blast his album where ever i go…if u ever madd just blast j cole album its just real im a fan and will always be.

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  47. Hugh

    FANTASTIC!

    No big singles, just good music

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  48. this album iz life itself

    Cole world yall aint nun funny, ignore da hataz and make soo much money…. JUST SHUT UP AND GO BUY DA ALBUM :)

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  49. alCOLEholic

    Only a true J Cole fan can appreciate his album! #coleworld

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  50. Philly

    Cole world. Cole life. Cole blooded. Congratz to Cole…very well deserved!

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  51. maya

    I don’t see that happening. Not b/c he doesn’t make good music but b/c his promo was weak, a lot of ppl forgot he even had an album coming out this month. I hope it does well though b/c he’s dope.

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  52. oohwee

    it sucked, i wouldn’t pay nothing for this shitty album

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  53. sam

    Man all of y’all are pissing me off. Saying roc bought his albulm and no one knows who he is????? Have you been living under a damn rock?? Where I’m at target dtlr fye and best buy has been sold out since the album dropped Tuesday. But I guess roc nation came all the way down south to buy all the albums. Could it be that people actually appreciate his raw talent. His honest lyrics. And his love for where he came from. Notta lot shit about a hoe poppin for someone and blowin trees when u wake up eat breakfast brush your teeth ans soo on. Jay z found kanye…..guess what haters….he found j.cole.

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    Jay Whitney Reply:

    @sam, Amen!

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    Leah Reply:

    @sam, HELL YES you took all the words right out of my mouth. I know they were sold out here in Charlotte too. Even tho I had already preordered from Amazon & had it on Itunes. Ppl just have hate in their blood these days.

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  54. So Odd

    Congrats J.Cole, the music his hot. I just can’t look at the dude, he looks like a sad puppy. That song with Missy is the $hit. Beats be banging.

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  55. COle World

    This hating is foolish. If you love Cole, buy the album and pump it! If you don’t like Cole, just don’t listen no need to waste your time hating.

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  56. jay

    nothing can ever replace hard work and j cole proved it… from getting out of the ville against all odds, getting dissed by jay z, to later graduating magna cum laude from St. Johns university… its been great watching how j cole reaches to be the greatest in music industry.. letting out music that leaves an impact on fans all over the world…. truly inspirational goes to show how a dream can be so powerful overcoming any obstacles… #dreamvillan

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  57. jerezay

    WHO GON RUN THIS TOWN TONIGHT. AYYYY AYYYY AYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. ITS THE ROC IN HEEEEEEERREE.
    J. Cole is the man. Straight up. nothing more, nothing less. yall sayin “roc nation bought copies” must be dumb as hell. you know cole got 800k plus followers on twitter. ohh sh*t my bad they all from roc nation too? sit down somewhere. anywhere.
    Wont be long till J cole sellin out the garden in a day.

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  58. Zulu from South Africa

    Guys I am from South Africa and people are waiting for this guys physicals to arrive and purchase them. HE HAS A HUGE FANBASE IN SOUTH AFRICA.

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