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BORN SINNER is the second studio album by American rapper J. Cole . It was released on June 18, 2013, by Roc Nation , Columbia Records
Columbia Records
, ByStorm Entertainment and Dreamville Records . The album serves as the follow-up to his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011). The album features guest appearances from Miguel , Amber Coffman
Amber Coffman
, Jhené Aiko , James Fauntleroy , Bas , TLC , Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
and 50 Cent . The album was also primarily produced by Cole himself, along with others such as Jake One , Syience , Christian Rich and Elite .

The album was supported by four official singles; "Power Trip ", " Crooked Smile ", "Forbidden Fruit " and "She Knows ", along with the promotional single "Miss America ". Born Sinner
Born Sinner
received generally positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, selling 297,000 copies in its first week of release. After two weeks of being at number two, Born Sinner
Born Sinner
climbed to number one in its third week. The album has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As of December 2016, the album has sold 796,000 copies in the United States.

CONTENTS

* 1 Background * 2 Recording and production * 3 Release and promotion * 4 Singles

* 5 Critical reception

* 5.1 Year-end lists * 5.2 Awards

* 6 Commercial performance * 7 Track listing * 8 Personnel

* 9 Charts

* 9.1 Weekly charts * 9.2 Year-end charts

* 10 Certifications * 11 Release history * 12 References

BACKGROUND

J. Cole provided the vast majority of songwriting and production for the album.

Only a week after the release of his Gold certified -debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story , Cole began working on his second album, Born Sinner. He said that it allowed him to, "reinvigorate himself both mentally and creatively." On October 24, 2011, during his interview with Hot 106's Rise "> Rapper Nas
Nas
was the inspiration behind the track "Let Nas
Nas
Down ", Nas
Nas
also remixed the track.

J. Cole announced a release date of January 28, 2013, (his birthday) along with the album name on November 9, 2012. In early January the album was included on multiple "Most Anticipated Albums of 2013" such as MTV
MTV
and XXL ranked Born Sinner
Born Sinner
the sixth most anticipated album of 2013. After describing the January release date as ambitious, he would announce on New Years Day 2013 that the album would be coming out at a later date. On February 22, 2013, J. Cole said that the album should arrive around June 2013. He later would confirm a release month for June, and then on April 8, 2013, J. Cole announced via Twitter
Twitter
that the album would be released on June 25, 2013. Interesting enough, that date would have been the seventeenth year anniversary of the release of Jay-Z 's debut album Reasonable Doubt . However, he announced on May 20, 2013, via his Twitter
Twitter
account that he would move the release up one week to June 18, 2013. He later revealed that he moved up the release date to coincide with the release of Kanye West
Kanye West
's album Yeezus , saying "Instantly the lightbulb … it got real. I was like, 'Yo…' The idea hit me instantly: 'You got to go to that date. I'm not going to sit … I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West
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."

On February 12, 2013, Cole released a free EP titled Truly Yours in promotion of the album. The EP consists of five songs in their "raw form" that he knew would not make the cutlist for Born Sinner. Later on April 29, he announced that he would be releasing Truly Yours 2 the following day. The EP featured guest appearances by 2 Chainz
2 Chainz
, Young Jeezy and Bas , with production from Canei Finch, Jake One and J. Cole himself. Cole announced the deluxe version of the album will include an extra CD which will double as Truly Yours 3 and featuring 5 new songs. The track features 50 Cent
50 Cent
and Bas, which Cole originally wanted to have 50 and Nas
Nas
on the song.

J. Cole said there is a lot he wants to do that he didn't get to do on his last album because the label didn't know that he was going to come out and have the number-one album in the country so this time he hopes the promotion effort is way bigger. He plans to shoot a short film to accompany the album as well as multiple music videos. In promotion of the album Cole released several Born Sinner
Born Sinner
vlogs , the first video spotlighted Cole's mother and her former job of working at the post office , and her retirement. The second video spotlighted friend and frequent collaborator Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
. In the video he discusses his earliest musical influences and his work ethic. On June 6, 2013, J. Cole held one time listen sessions for the album in various places throughout North America. The following day the album leaked in full online via various peer-to-peer file sharing websites. Rather than go into crisis mode and attempt to remove it from online, Cole put the album up for a limited time free stream. Cole and Nas released "Let Nas
Nas
Down (Remix) " on June 22, 2013. The remix was named one of the best songs of the first half of 2013 by Complex . On July 29, 2013, Cole announced What Dreams May Come Tour with fellow rapper Wale .

SINGLES

The first promotional single from Born Sinner
Born Sinner
was "Miss America " and which released on November 13, 2012. Cole said he pushed away pop-accessibility in order to put out a single that provides social commentary. The song has been described by multiple outlets and Cole himself as not an ordinary first single and in no way directed towards radio. The song was used in Ubisoft
Ubisoft
's Launch trailer for the 2013 video game Tom Clancy\'s Splinter Cell: Blacklist . The song has peaked at number 34 on the Hot R"> Rapper Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
made an appearance on the album's third single "Forbidden Fruit ".

The second official single, " Crooked Smile " featuring R">'s third single. The song has peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot R">'s best moments are when he embraces the persona that initially garnered him praise. "Power Trip ", " Crooked Smile " and "Let Nas
Nas
Down" are the album's strongest tracks, and they feel like the rapper who created The Warm Up , which only becomes problematic at times because of Cole's insistence to produce almost all of his work. But while BS may not exhibit the growth sonically or conceptually that fans may have anticipated after hearing Cole's early work, he remains too gifted lyrically, too keen of a storyteller, and too emotionally open for his sophomore LP to be anything less than impressive, but not overly so." Corban Goble of Pitchfork said, "At its best, Born Sinner, showcases J. Cole's overall musicality, pairing his ability as a lyricist with a more broadly developed production palette. In a heat, he can rattle off some fierce rejoinders (See: "Niggaz Know"). But several releases deep into Cole's growing catalogue, we haven't been delivered the savior that Jay-Z 's "A Star Is Born " seemed to anoint. (The latter's current indifference to Cole has become so pronounced that Cole has to keep squashing beef rumors.)" David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "It's snide, smart-ass stuff and when it comes to sublime / ridiculous balancing act that his heroes Jay-Z and Nas
Nas
have mastered, Cole is a little short on the sublime side here to be considered classic. Still, "Crooked Smile" with special guests TLC is a genuine, mature step in the right direction and will have no trouble reaching vintage age. A handful of other numbers carry that same weight, making Born Sinner
Born Sinner
a daring step forward for Cole and an exciting attempt at mastering Jay's Blueprint style."

Ted Scheinman of Slant Magazine said, "Here's the only real problem with Born Sinner: Cole's production work is elegant, but he's first and foremost a words guy, and when you're competing with the lushness of Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(who makes a spooky appearance on "Forbidden Fruit") or the preening, infectious weirdness of Kanye, playing it straight is probably not sexy enough. Born Sinner
Born Sinner
doesn't match the cohesive satisfactions of Good Kid, M.A.A.D City , though it boasts better writing." Francesca D'Arcy-Orga of PopMatters
PopMatters
said, "For many, lyrically, he's better on a higher percentage of Born Sinner
Born Sinner
than Kendrick was on Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, but the album lacks the superb production and cohesiveness that makes GKMC standout. Still, no one can say that J. Cole has failed to deliver on this album. He's certainly impressed with his flow, delivery and production, and while he hasn't released the next golden hip hop album he's coming close." Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
said, "Sometimes I brag like Hov / Sometimes I'm real like Pac," J. Cole raps on his second LP. Sometimes he's both – a verbal powerhouse and a self-emptying truth-sayer. The flagship signee to Jay-Z's record label spins dervish rhymes over dazzling self-produced tracks (see the Outkast-sampling "Land of the Snakes"). His riffs on racism, homophobia and misogyny have more lyrical cunning than insight." Have fun at the next company picnic, homey."

YEAR-END LISTS

PUBLICATION RANK REF.

Associated Press
Associated Press
4

Complex 13

HipHopDX N/A

PopMatters
PopMatters
7

Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
7

Slant Magazine 14

The Source 11

XXL 6

AWARDS

YEAR CEREMONY CATEGORY RESULT

2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Album
Album
of the Year Nominated

2014 Billboard Music Awards Top Rap Album
Album
Nominated

COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE

Born Sinner
Born Sinner
sold 297,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
, finishing approximately 30,000 copies short of Kanye West
Kanye West
's Yeezus . In its second week, the album sold 84,000 more copies. After two weeks of being at number two, Born Sinner
Born Sinner
climbed to number one in its third week with 58,000 more copies sold. In its fourth week, the album sold 39,000 more copies. On February 9, 2016, Born Sinner
Born Sinner
was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As of December 2016, the album has sold 796,000 copies domestically according to Nielsen SoundScan .

TRACK LISTING

STANDARD EDITION

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) PRODUCER(S) LENGTH

1. "Villuminati"

* Jermaine Cole * Christopher Wallace * Sean Combs
Sean Combs
* Jean-Claude Olivier * James Mtume * Robert Kelly * Sylvester Stewart * Todd Thomas

J. Cole 5:07

2. "Kerney Sermon (Skit)"

0:46

3. "LAnd of the Snakes"

* Cole * André Benjamin * Antwan Patton * David Sheats

* Cole * Ron Gilmore

4:14

4. "Power Trip " (featuring Miguel )

* Cole * Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws

Cole 4:01

5. "Mo Money (Interlude)"

* Cole * Jacob Dutton

Jake One 1:17

6. "Trouble" Cole

* Cole * Ken Lewis

4:18

7. "Runaway"

* Cole * Anthony Parrino

* Cole * Elite * Gilmore

5:14

8. "She Knows " (featuring Amber Coffman
Amber Coffman
and Cults )

* Cole * Ryan Mattos * Madeline Follin

* Cole * DJ Dummy * Lewis

4:56

9. "Rich Niggaz"

* Cole * Michael Giffts * Deborah Anderson * Fabrice Dumont * Stéphan Haeri * Christophe Hétier

Cole 4:36

10. "Where's Jermaine? (Skit)" Cole Cole 0:36

11. "Forbidden Fruit " (featuring Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
)

* Cole * Ronnie Foster

* Cole * Gilmore

4:28

12. "Chaining Day"

* Cole * Terry Stubbs * John Wilson * Charles Still

* Cole * Gilmore

4:44

13. "Ain't That Some Shit (Interlude)"

* Cole * Reggie Perry

Syience 2:27

14. " Crooked Smile " (featuring TLC )

* Cole * Meleni Smith

* Cole * Elite

4:38

15. "Let Nas
Nas
Down "

* Cole * Parrino * Fela Kuti

* Cole * Nate Jones

4:37

16. "Born Sinner" (featuring James Fauntleroy )

* Cole * James Fauntleroy II

* Cole * Elite

3:29

TOTAL LENGTH: 59:28

DELUXE EDITION BONUS TRACKS: TRULY YOURS 3

NO. TITLE WRITER(S) PRODUCER(S) LENGTH

17. "Miss America "

* Cole * Brookln Dekker

Cole 3:45

18. "New York Times" (featuring 50 Cent
50 Cent
and Bas )

* Cole * Curtis Jackson * Abbas Hamad

* Cole * Gilmore

4:31

19. "Is She Gon Pop"

* Cole * Wayne Bell

* Cole * Irvin Washington

2:45

20. "Niggaz Know"

* Cole * Willie Chambers * Andre Goodwin * Steven Jordan * Combs * Wallace * Steven Howse * Byron McCane * Anthony Henderson

Cole 3:37

21. "Sparks Will Fly" (featuring Jhené Aiko )

* Cole * Taiwo Hassan * Kehinde Hassan

Christian Rich 4:12

TOTAL LENGTH: 78:18

NOTES

* ^ signifies a co-producer * ^ signifies an additional producer

SAMPLE CREDITS

* "Villuminati" contains samples of "Juicy ", written by Christopher Wallace , Sean Combs
Sean Combs
, Jean-Claude Olivier and James Mtume , as performed by The Notorious B.I.G. ; "I Wish – Remix (To the Homies We Lost) ", written as performed by R. Kelly
R. Kelly
; and " People Everyday ", written by Sylvester Stewart and Todd Thomas , as performed by Arrested Development . * "LAnd of the Snakes" contains samples of "Da Art of Storytellin\' (Pt. 1) ", written by André Benjamin , Antwan Patton and David Sheats , as performed by Outkast
Outkast
. * "Power Trip" contains samples of "No More", written as performed by Hubert Laws
Hubert Laws
. * "She Knows" contains samples of "Bad Things", written by Ryan Mattos and Madeline McKenna, as performed by Cults . * "Rich Niggaz" contains samples of "Into Everything", written by Deborah Anderson , Michael Giffts, Fabrice Dumont, Stéphan Haeri and Christophe Hétier, as performed by Télépopmusik . * "Forbidden Fruit" contains samples of "Mystic Brew", written as performed by Ronnie Foster . * "Chaining Day" contains samples of "Sho' Nuff", written by Terry Stubbs, John Wilson and Charles Still, as performed by Sly, Slick and Wicked . * "Crooked Smile" contains an uncredited sample of "No One Gonna Love You " as performed by Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
. * "Let Nas
Nas
Down" contains samples of "Elite feat. Bas (Unreleased)", which samples "Gentleman", written as performed by Fela Kuti . * "Miss America" contains samples of "Flightline", written by Brookln Dekker, as performed by Rue Royale . * "Is She Gon Pop" contains samples of "Chocolate Girl", written by Wayne Bell, as performed by The Whispers . * "Niggaz Know" contains samples "So Tired", written by Willie Chambers and Andre Goodwin, as performed by The Chambers Brothers
The Chambers Brothers
; and "Notorious Thugs", written by Steven Jordan , Sean Combs, Christopher Wallace, Steven Howse , Byron McCane and Anthony Henderson , as performed by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony .

PERSONNEL

Credits for Born Sinner
Born Sinner
adapted from AllMusic .

* James Fauntleroy II – featured artist * Jessica Antonetty – choir/chorus * Kyle Armbrust – viola * Ronnie Artis – choir/chorus * Jamal Kris Ashby – choir/chorus * Chris Athens – mastering * Wayne Barrow – management * Jay Bratten – bass * Cedric Brown – sampling * Canei Finch – keyboards * Al Carty – bass * Christine Kim – cello * Amber Coffman
Amber Coffman
– featured artist, vocals (background) * Jermaine Cole – executive producer * Juro "Mez" Davis – engineer, mixing * Stephanie De Los Santos – choir/chorus * Yolanda DeBerry – vocals (background) * DJ Dummy – scratching * Sean Drew – choir/chorus * Nabil Elderkin – photography * Elite – producer * Desiree Elsevier – viola * Chris Feldmann – art direction * Ari Feliciano – choir/dhorus * Alvin Fields – choir director * Julius Garcia – A&R, management * Sam Giannelli – assistant engineer * Ron Gilmore – keyboards, string arrangements * Jerry Grossman – cello * Ibrahim Hamad – A text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

WEEKLY CHARTS

CHART (2013) Peak position

AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS CHART 14

CANADIAN ALBUMS CHART 2

DANISH ALBUMS CHART 24

DUTCH ALBUMS (MEGACHARTS ) 65

NEW ZEALAND ALBUMS CHART 11

SWISS TOP ALBUMS CHART 27

UK ALBUMS (OCC ) 7

US BILLBOARD 200 1

US TOP R text-align:left; vertical-align:top;">

YEAR-END CHARTS

CHART (2013) POSITION

US BILLBOARD 200 34

US TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS 9

CHART (2014) POSITION

US TOP R -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">

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* v * t * e

J. Cole

* Recording discography * Production discography

STUDIO ALBUMS

* Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011) * Born Sinner
Born Sinner
(2013) * 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014) * 4 Your Eyez Only
4 Your Eyez Only
(2016)

LIVE ALBUMS

* Forest Hills Drive: Live (2016)

MIXTAPES

* The Come Up (2007) * The Warm Up (2009) * Friday Night Lights (2010)

SINGLES

* "Who Dat " * "Work Out " * "Can\'t Get Enough " * "Nobody\'s Perfect " * "Miss America " * "Power Trip " * " Crooked Smile " * "Forbidden Fruit " * "She Knows " * " Apparently " * " G.O.M.D. " * " Wet Dreamz " * " No Role Modelz " * " Love Yourz " * "Deja Vu " * "Neighbors "

FEATURED SINGLES

* " Just Begun " * "All I Want Is You " * "A Star Is Born " * " Feel Love " * "Trouble " * " Only Wanna Give It to You " * "Party (Remix) " * "This Time " * "Planes " * " No Sleeep " (Remix)

OTHER SONGS

* "In the Morning " * "I\'m On 2.0 " * "Let Nas
Nas
Down " * "Immortal " * "Change "

CONCERT TOURS

* 4 Your Eyez Only
4 Your Eyez Only
World Tour

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