J. Cole, 'Born Sinner'
"Sometimes I brag like Hov/Sometimes I'm real like Pac," J. Cole raps on his second LP. Sometimes he's both – a verbal powerhouse and a self-emptying truth-sayer. The flagship signee to Jay-Z's record label spins dervish rhymes over dazzling self-produced tracks, full of riffs on racism, homophobia and misogyny that have more lyrical cunning than insight.
From the RS review: "When it comes to twisting himself into Kanye-size pretzels of career-oriented real talk, he's a champ."