J. Cole Not Afraid to Compete with Kanye West on June 18

J. Cole and Kanye West

J. Cole is making a brave move. The Roc Nation rapper has decided to move up his album release to compete directly with Kanye West.

Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner was originally due June 25, but will now arrive on June 18, the same day Kanye’s Yeezus is scheduled to hit stores.

Cole said the move was intentional. “Kanye West is one of the greatest artists of our generation. Which is exactly why I’m moving my release date up,” he told Billboard’s The Juice.

Once he saw Kanye’s tweet about the June 18 date, he knew what he had to do. “Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date.’”

He looks forward to facing off with his idol on the charts. “I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J. Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”

The revised date is a testament to how he feels about his work. “It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident,” said Cole, whose debut Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted at No. 1 in October 2011, selling 218,000 copies in its first week.

Cole and Kanye won’t be the only artists dropping albums on June 18. Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With the Sound Off and Kelly Rowland’s Talk a Good Game are also slated for release that day.



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68 Comments

  1. ColeWorld

    Dont sleep on J Cole yall

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    Ice Reply:

    @ColeWorld, I’m definitely buying his album. I’m sure it’ll have more quality than Kanye’s. All Kanye has going for him is hype and an innovative marketing scheme. Honestly, I don’t see the appeal of his new music, all he’s doing is throwing a tantrum.

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    Jade Reply:

    To Cole it’s all about confidence and competition, not numbers. Nothing but respect for this man.

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    ColeWorld Reply:

    @Jade, definitely agree with you

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    ColeWorld Reply:

    @Ice, im getting j coles new album, kanyes music is still good but he is too vain

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    Mr nice watch Reply:

    @ColeWorld, true hip hop spirit. My respect for cold tripled

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  2. Morgan

    Love it!!! He doesn’t shy away from competition. Great character. June 18th can’t come any sooner. Cole Summer!!

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  3. Gino

    Well alright then

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  4. Zave

    J.Cole you will be dragged, slayed and pooped on….then Kelly can come clean it up.

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  5. Tamar

    Brave move. Hopefully, he sells more than Ye. I’m rooting for him. He is probably on of the realest rappers there are in the game right now.

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  6. 2bad2bme

    i love cole…i will be getting his album because its been a little while since i had music from him…we hear from kanye a lil often to anticipate his album

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  7. bigman

    since 80s n heartbreak ye has way down the drain.

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    bigman Reply:

    @bigman, gone i forgot to add in

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    jsolo Reply:

    @bigman, my beautiful dark twisted fantasy, nuff said

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    Sushi Reply:

    @jsolo, Wait. That was a hit or a flop? Cuz I only got the singles.

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  8. jerry

    cole’s first and only album sucked for the most. this is not even worthy of a discussion.

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  9. jerry

    lol @ trying to compete with kanye with 1 mediocre album under your belt. you cant be serious fam.

    this is like the brooklyn brawler vs the undertaker.

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    Rachel Reply:

    @jerry, Yeah, his debut album was so mediocre he garnered a Grammy nomination from it. You tried it.

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    Icey_Brat Reply:

    @Rachel, He did and wasn’t successful.

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    hungry Reply:

    @Rachel, stop d-riding j cole cant compete with kanye. he just has the female audience cause he is always rapping about some love shlt like drake.

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  10. ColeWorld

    @Ice, im gettting j coles album too. kanye still makes good music but his is too vain lol

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    bigman Reply:

    @ColeWorld, ye is shit now

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  11. .,

    LMAO at the people think J.Cole will release a better album than Ye, let alone selling anywhere close to Ye

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    flawda Reply:

    @.,, You got the lottery numbers too?

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    Ewan Reply:

    @.,, Nice to see Ye let you take his dick to stan on blogs.

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  12. JFB

    I WANT KELLY ROWLAND’S ALBUM

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    WE LOVE YOU KELLY!!! Reply:

    @JFB, thank you!!! It’s available to pre-order now btw.

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  13. BEDSTUYFLY

    I’LL BE BUYING BOTH.

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    Tev Milli Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Same here people to worried about the numbers and forgetting the main purpose…. good music, so in my book they both win

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  14. E

    i think it might work in his favor

    cus they gonna have the weeks release all on one display at the front of the sto

    with kanye and cole album next to each other alphabetically

    both will be itunes front page too

    hes already tryna latch on to kanye for publicity mention him in every interview

    as if he tryna get the sympathy vote

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    Breeangel Reply:

    @E, What do you mean every interview? This is the only one he’s done on this subject. Cole doesnt need sympathy, he has a strong fanbase. He sold 220,000 his first week last go around. He didnt need Kanye publicity then and he doesnt need it now : )

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    Heather Reply:

    @Breeangel, Please tell these fools.

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  15. nick

    I’ts nott that easy,kanye west will sell if not almost half million copies can j cole do the same??i’m not sure

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  16. Kate

    I want j cole and kelly row albums sorry kanye

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    Pusha F Reply:

    @Kate, Don’t be sorry bitches like you can’t under stand Kanye West Art.

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    Zonie Roda boat Reply:

    @Kate, you need to learn how to spell her last name Right before you comment bish

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  17. TH14

    No thanks Kanye’s album will do for me

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  18. Kyle

    I will buy J.Cole’s new album over Kanye’s but it’s obvious who will come out on top. All of Kanye’s albums to this date have sold over 400,000 the first week.

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  19. GettingReal

    Why choose? Buy both.

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    ANON Reply:

    @GettingReal, that’s what I’m saying. Why is it always one over the other? We’re lucky to have 2 great artists release they’re albums at the same time.

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    hungry Reply:

    @GettingReal, because one is a genius and the other is an overhyped rookie.

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    Rachel Reply:

    @hungry, Uh huh. I can tell you aren’t too bright with that bullshit assertion.

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  20. Jorge

    I will get both cause these dudes are true artists and stay true to their craft. They are not sell outs. And to anyone saying kanye isnt good is a damn liar lmao All his albums are classic or outstanding based on critics and real music lovers. I know Cole will switch his style and come up with some creative stuff but Kanye is always on another level. He is advancing the sound of music and this album is going to be revolutionary, trust me!

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    ANON Reply:

    @Jorge, couldn’t have said it better myself

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  21. Pusha F

    Don’t Fuck Around With Yeezuz , This Nigga got a lot of Grammys in his house, can’t wait for Yeezy album.

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  22. Middlefinger

    People need to chill, Kanye is very talented if not the most creative genius music has ever seen, but your missing that Ye’s time is fading away have you listened to his latest singles? “New Slaves” or “Black Skinhead” them both need work. Now J. Cole on the other hand is a lyrical genius, he has released two singles “Miss America” and “Power Trip (Of which I recall a lot of people jumped on his dick after it was released and don’t say it was only cos of Miguel, Cole wrote and produced everything)” this young star is something Hip-Hop needs just cos he’s underrated and didn’t sell as much as Ye doesn’t mean he lacks potential. All his mix tapes, worth albums all I can say is don’t sleep on Cole #BornSinner.

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  23. dreincharacter

    Brave move, won’t come out on top – but brave nonetheless…

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  24. Zonie Roda boat

    it does matter who won the best album on 6-18-2013 rather it j cole or kanye west people still gonna like there music no matter what of course the Fans will have their favorite songs from the album on both of them(j cole, kanye west)

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  25. MayZiin

    Why tho ?

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  26. C94B

    It will never be as good as Yeezus, in terms of artistic vision and sound. But good on him, he KNOWS he’s gonna get the buzz out of this. His album just reached another level of hype. And this is what he needs, this is what his album needs. I think Cole is above average, but not as good as his fans think he is. He is a student of the game, not quite one of the best yet.

    Peace

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    Nathan Reply:

    @C94B, Yes, because we all know a pseudo-analysis from a Chris Brown stan will always be accurate.

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    C94B Reply:

    @Nathan,

    LMAO yo, I ain’t no Chris Brown fan. The C & B in “C94B” stand for something else. You call that a pseudo-analysis, I’m just my point of view. No hate. I actually like Cole.

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  27. You Mad 'Cause I Don't D--k-Ride Ya Fave?

    lol, I hope Mac Miller outsells them both :p

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  28. Chris

    Cole is the better rapper of the two. I’ll support the underdog.

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  29. Josh

    J.Cole is a real rapper who does real n good music

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  30. RocNation

    J Cole is one of the realest rapper right now, buyin’ both albums

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  32. G-STAR

    and oh….. def jam will buy kanye’s album and make it no. 1 lol funny….. aint no making 1 mil this these if you are taylor swift…… and YES! dont forget drake. over rated

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  33. Ciara QUEEN Harris

    Kanye – 325k first week
    J Cole – 170k first week
    Kelly Rowland – 80k first week.

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    Quinn Reply:

    @Ciara QUEEN Harris, Bitch, you tried it! Cole sold 218K first week with his last album, which had little to no promo. His numbers will not decline.

    Ciara — SpecialK first week

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  34. marc

    As talented as Kanye is, I have never bought him. J Cole is the realest dude in the game and one of the illest as well so I can’t wait to cop this

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  35. Ween

    Im getting J coles album kanyes music has changed not how it used to be J coles music is still great

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  36. Joe

    You can look at the numbers all you want but that does not determine who is really better. I bought a physical copy a while ago, listen to it one time, threw it away. Numbers dont lie huh well they dont tell the whole story either

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  37. Issa

    I don’t know who or what people think Kanye West is. His stans are the most delusional batch of sheep I’ve ever had the misfortune to meet. I don’t care if Cole outsells him or not. COle’s fanbase is real. Otherwise, how would an upstart rapper with almost no promo sell 218K in the first week for a debut album? Please. Born Sinner will do between 250-300K.

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    Frances Reply:

    @Issa, How about you and the other 3 J Cole fans on here stop trying to pump him up by changing ya’ll names posting the same sh!t. Cole would never and could never make anything like “New Slaves” or “Black Skinhead.” ..and Kanye’s production is on another level. I’ll tell u what people know Kanye is: a genius. It has been verified by every musical media source from Rolling Stone to MTV. J. Cole is mediocre but has potential to improve. Trying to get sales off Kanye’s moment is not the way to go tho. He wouldn’t go up against Eminem.

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  40. Truesoul

    Fell asleep already listening to jcole . KANYE all the way .
    Cuz it aint about the money ! It’s all about the music !!

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