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The Best J. Cole Albums, Ranked

Updated May 24, 2021 2.6k votes 642 voters 4.8k views10 items

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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.

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  • 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
  • Photo: Interscope

    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
  • Photo: Columbia

    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
  • 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