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Born Sinner

J. Cole

Born Sinner

Second full-length release from the North Carolina rapper and Jay-Z protegé, featuring contributions from Kendrick Lamar and Miguel

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  1. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Cole's newest interrogation of how to be responsible with power, cash, and sex-symbol status is as penetrating as anyone's. That includes Mr. West
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    A daring step forward for Cole and an exciting attempt at mastering Jay's Blueprint style
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  3. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    His riffs on racism, homophobia and misogyny have more lyrical cunning than insight
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  4. 6.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Constantly listenable, never exciting; never poor, and never outstanding
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  5. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s all about him. Add to the mix his insistence to produce the tracks and one starts to wonder if he’s overextended himself
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  6. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    At its best, Born Sinner, showcases J. Cole's overall musicality, pairing his ability as a lyricist with a more broadly developed production palette
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