J. Cole Makes Network TV Debut on 'Jimmy Kimmel': Video
J. Cole Makes Network TV Debut on 'Jimmy Kimmel': Video

It's hard to believe J. Cole sold 218,000 copies of "Cole World: The Sideline Story" according to Nielsen SoundScan and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 before making his network television debut, but the rapper finally crashed late night by performing "Work Out" and "Cole World" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night (Oct. 5).

Playing in front of a four-piece band and under muted blue lights, Cole prowled the stage and made his eyes bug out while rattling off the two tracks. The rapper seemed more at home on "Cole World," quickly ditching the microphone stand and pumping up the crowd while his drummer offered rapid-fire cymbal ticks behind him.

The "Kimmel" performance served as a victory lap for the chart success of "Cole World: The Sideline Story," which became the first time since B.o.B's "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" in which a solo act's debut album started in the penthouse of the Billboard 200. On Wednesday, his Roc Nation boss, Jay-Z, offered his kudos: "J. Cole's success is testament to amazing artist development and Cole's hard work," he said, via press release. "I want to congratulate him on a No. 1 album and more importantly a great body of work."

Hopefully Hov will be present the next time Cole graces network TV -- "Mr. Nice Watch," their bombastic "Cole World" collaboration, is expected to be released as a single.

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