Global Market Data
Global News Journal
Pakistan: Now or Never?
Front Row Washington
The Great Debate
Personal Finance Video
Life & Culture
Knox "crucified" in murder case, lawyer says
Europe again steps back from brink in debt crisis
Perry aides told different stories in lawsuit
Kindle Fire may force Android tablet makers to cut prices
Typhoon Nesat hits China after sweeping past Hong Kong
Particles recorded moving faster than light: CERN
UPDATE 1-Particles found to break speed of light
Herman Cain wins Florida Republican straw poll
Rihanna's "inappropriate" outfit halts music video
Tue, Sep 27 2011
Kindle Fire in Action!
Wed, Sep 28 2011
Listeria outbreak kills 13 Americans
Wed, Sep 28 2011
J. Cole's "Sideline Story" earns warm reviews
Pink Floyd pig flies again to mark albums reissue
Mon, Sep 26 2011
Paul McCartney's ballet stumbles with critics
Mon, Sep 26 2011
Jay-Z protege J. Cole preps for music spotlight
Thu, Sep 22 2011
R.E.M "call it a day" after 31 years, many hits
Thu, Sep 22 2011
R.E.M "call it a day"
Wed, Sep 21 2011
Analysis & Opinion
Media bias? Give me more, please!
U.S. religious publishers reap rewards with Justin Bieber and the Bible
J. Cole arrives at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles, June 27, 2010.
Credit: Reuters/Gus Ruelas
NEW YORK |
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:53am EDT
NEW YORK (Reuters) - After four years of performing, three critically acclaimed mixtapes, and one false start launching an album, Jay-Z protege J. Cole finally released his debut CD and one day later critics were raving.
The Los Angeles Times cited Cole's "slickly inventive beats" on the record, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," and said that the 26-year-old "sounds assured of his skills" even when rapping alongside Jay-Z on "Mr. Nice Watch."
As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait and that seemed to be the case on Wednesday for Cole, who was the first artist signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label when it was founded two years ago.
The title of North Carolina rapper and producer's major label debut makes light of the waiting game he's played since 2007 when Cole released his first free mixtape online.
Cole and his label even prematurely released a music video for the song "Who Dat" last summer in anticipation of his album's release, only to delay the record.
Now, that song does not even appear on the new album but critics seem to have hardly noticed.
Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B-plus and said that while "bigger names in hip-hop have released albums this year ... few trump this debut."
Allhiphop.com offered 8 out of 10 stars and called Cole "an artist that we are certain to be seeing and hearing a lot more from in years to come."
Among his peers, singer Drake, who joins Cole on "In the Morning" tweeted: "Great album from a great team." Rapper Wale chimed in on Twitter by posting a photo of himself holding up two hard copies of the CD.
Cole told Reuters in a recent interview that the album balances different styles and lyrical content that reflect his meticulous approach toward crafting music.
"Like some rappers have, on my debut I could have gone super commercial," said Cole of the album, which features appearances by Drake, Missy Elliott, Trey Songz (who appears on the single "Can't Get Enough") and, of course, Jay-Z.
(Reporting by Sabrina Ford; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
Entertainment News From the Wrap
Warner Bros. Creates First 'Social Series' for Facebook
"Aim High" is an action comedy that will begin October 18
Conrad Murray Trial, Day 3: Witness to Testify About MJ's Drugs (Live Feed)
Former Michael Jackson employee Alberto Alvarez is expected to tell the jury he helped Murray remove a bag of milky liquid that may have been propofol
Studiocanal, ACE Make $204M Slate Financing Deal
Deal expected to involve 100 international films
Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly Talk Abraham Lincoln, Muffins (Video)
The talk show hosts chat about muffins that didn't cost $16 and O'Reilly's new book
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Be the first to comment on reuters.com.
Add yours using the box above.
Social Stream (What's this?)
Back to top
New York Legal
Support & Contact
Advertise With Us
Connect with Reuters
Our Flagship financial information platform incorporating Reuters Insider
An ultra-low latency infrastructure for electronic trading and data distribution
A connected approach to governance, risk and compliance
Our next generation legal research platform
Our global tax workstation
About Thomson Reuters
Thomson Reuters is the world's largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.
NYSE and AMEX quotes delayed by at least 20 minutes. Nasdaq delayed by at least 15 minutes. For a complete list of exchanges and delays, please click here.