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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.

Vote up the best J. Cole albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

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

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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4 Your Eyez Only is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
Photo: Interscope
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1. For Whom the Bell Tolls
2. Immortal
3. Deja Vu
4. Ville Mentality
5. She's Mine Pt. 1
6. Change
7. Neighbors
8. Foldin Clothes
9. She's Mine Pt. 2
10. 4 Your Eyez Only

Metacritic score: 75/100

Release Date: 2016

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KOD is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
Photo: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Interscope
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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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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked
Photo: Roc Nation
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1. Friday Night Lights (Intro)
2. Too Deep for the Intro 
3. Before I'm Gone 
4. Back to the Topic (Freestyle)
5. You Got It (feat. Wale) 
6. Villematic 
7. Enchanted (feat. Omen)    
8. Blow Up 
9. Higher 
10. In the Morning (feat. Drake)
11. 2Face 
12. The Autograph
13. Best Friend 
14. Cost Me a Lot 
15. Premeditated Murder 
16. Home for the Holidays 
17. Love Me Not 
18. See World
19. Farewell 
20. Looking For Trouble (Bonus Track) (Kanye West feat. Pusha T, J. Cole, CyHi Da Prynce & Big Sean)

Release Date: 2010

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