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J. Cole, Cole World: The Sideline Story

“Cole World, World Tour with no album,” J. Cole tweeted earlier this month. Such mobility should be a blessing. Not always, though. Yes, in all of the obvious ways, what J. Cole has been achieving in the more than two years since he signed with Roc Nation and dropped his acclaimed mixtape, The Warm Up, certainly is amazing: rocking stages domestically and abroad; gaining legions of fans and feeding them free, purchase-quality music; shining as a featured guest next to the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Talib Kweli and more; and simply having the ability to make a living doing what you ...

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