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J. Cole

"Born Sinner"

Producers: various

Roc Nation/Columbia Records

Release Date: June 18

"I got the game back and I ain't never letting go," Cole says on "Villuminati," the drum-heavy opener on his stellar sophomore album. While songs like the jazzy "Let Nas Down" showcase Cole's vulnerable side, other cuts, like the smooth Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Forbidden Fruit" and "Rich Niggaz," have fistfuls of confidence." -Kathy Iandoli

 

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