Rap The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked  

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Hip hop fans, we're ranking the best J. Cole albums of all time. One of the best rappers of 2018, J. Cole's discography has been met with positive reception ever since his 2007 mixtape The Come Up. Since then, all five of his studio albums, including his new album, have hit number one on Billboard charts. What is the greatest J. Cole album ever?

From his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story to his 2018 album KOD, this list of J. Cole albums includes 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Born Sinner, and his old mixtapes.

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2014 Forest Hills Drive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
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2014 Forest Hills Drive

1. Intro
2. January 28th
3. Wet Dreamz
4. 03' Adolescence
5. A Tale of 2 Citiez
6. Fire Squad
7. St. Tropez
8. G.O.M.D.
9. No Role Modelz
10. Hello
11. Apparently
12. Love Yourz
13. Note to Self

Metacritic score: 67/100

Release Date: 2014

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KOD is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
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KOD

1. Intro
2. KOD
3. Photograph
4. The Cut Off
5. ATM    
6. Motiv8
7. Kevin's Heart
8. Brackets
9. Once an Addict (Interlude)
10. Friends (feat. Kill Edward)    
11. Window Pain (Outro)
12. 1985 (Intro to The Fall Off)

Metacritic score: 73/100

Release Date: 2018

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Born Sinner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
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1. Villuminati
2. Kerney Sermon (Skit)
3. Land of the Snakes
4. Power Trip
5. Mo Money (Interlude)
6. Trouble 
7. Runaway
8. She Knows (feat. Amber Coffman and Cults)
9. Rich N***az
10. Where's Jermaine? (Skit) 
11. Forbidden Fruit (feat. Kendrick Lamar)    
12. Chaining Day
13. Ain't That Some Sh*t (Interlude)
14. Crooked Smile
15. Let Nas Down
16. Born Sinner (feat. James Fauntleroy)

Metacritic score: 71/100

Release Date: 2013

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Cole World: The Sideline Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
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1. Intro
2. Dollar and a Dream III
3. Can't Get Enough (feat. Trey Songz)
4. Lights Please
5. Interlude
6. Sideline Story
7. Mr. Nice Watch (feat. Jay-Z)
8. Cole World
9. In the Morning (feat. Drake)
10. Lost Ones
11. Nobody's Perfect (feat. Missy Elliott)
12. Never Told
13. Rise and Shine
14. God's Gift
15. Breakdown
16. Work Out (bonus track)

Metacritic score: 75/100

Release Date: 2011

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