Verdict: 2.5 / 5
‘Born Sinner’ is the sophomore album by J. Cole. Ardent hip hop fans will celebrate this well crafted release. Songs like ‘Villuminati’ pulsate with fresh beats and interesting musical accompaniments. ‘Power Trip’ features music industry starling, Miguel. The tune is soulful pop and casual listeners will be lured to its infectious grooves. Another notable appearance is that of TLC who feature on ‘Crooked Smile’.
Cole is all about his personal struggles. He gets introspective in his lyrics, fixating on his supposed opulence and debauchery, as well as displaying a guilty conscience through his lyrics; something hard living rappers are prone to doing. His themes cover the usual soft topics of sex, money, bitches, rival rappers and God.
If you love modern rap and all its excesses then ‘Born Sinner’ will be right up your alley. The music is never bad, except for the over use of a choir to seem serious and dramatic, oh and the use of silly skits and at 16 tracks this is another album by a hip hop artists that is far too long. The chief problem lies in Cole’s vulgarity and obscenity. He wants to up the ante, saying things that should never be heard on any album. So if you feel anger at misogyny, homophobia and licentiousness then steer clear of this one.