The first sample of J. Cole‘s forthcoming sophomore album “Born Sinner” has arrived in the form of “Miss America,” a snarling new track posted late online on Monday (Nov. 12). The track is also now available on iTunes.
Cole sounds downright possessed over a beat that recalls the “Friday Night Lights” standout “Before I’m Gone,” lobbing shots at any haters in sight and forgoing any of the pop accessibility that a lead single typically requires. “Fuck the man, Uncle Sam, I won’t sell your crack/I won’t fight your wars, I won’t wear your hat/I’mma pass your classes, I’mma learn your craft/I’mma fuck your daughters, I’mma burn your flag!” he seethes.
“Miss America” arrives exactly two years after the release of Cole’s breakout mixtape “Friday Night Lights,” and a bit over two months before “Born Sinner” hits stores on Jan. 28, 2013. The new album follows the rapper’s 2011 debut “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release and has since sold 660,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Although details of “Born Sinner” remain scarce, Cole told Billboard in October 2011 that he was already working on his sophomore album, one month after the release of “Cole World.” “I’ve got the foundation of songs that I’m gonna put on it already, so it’s just a matter of taking these songs to the next level,” said the rapper.