Following numerous delays, J. Cole finally released his debut album, emCole World: The Sideline Story/em. Throughout the month of September 2011, J. Cole has been the most-discussed rapper. During this time, J. Cole has also been doing a lot of talking.
Speaking on the frequent delays, J. Cole said his album was pushed back because of label issues. But, following the release of the album, J. Cole said he had full creative control with the record. While J. Cole had the final say on his album, he did turn to Jay-Z for guidance.
Being with Jay-Z meant J. Cole could have almost anyone provide production for his album. However, J. Cole is also a producer, along with being a rapper. Wanting to show off his full talents, J. Cole produced most of the tracks off his debut album. In the future, J. Cole promised he would reach out to more people, but he had to prove himself on his first album.
Jay-Z’s influence led to “Blow Up” and “Can’t Get Enough” being included on the album. J. Cole said he would play several tracks for Jay-Z to see how he liked them.