Despite coming from two separate backgrounds, Jay-Z and J. Cole have many similarities. Jay-Z’s debut album sold very will without a popular mainstream single. J. Cole has debuted on the top of the charts, without a popular mainstream single. The only difference is Jay-Z did not have the support of a major label.
Because it took J. Cole so long to gain a release date, many felt there was tension between he and Jay-Z. These rumors heightened when there were rumors of J. Cole having a sextape with Rihanna. However, days later, J. Cole diffused the rumors and his album was released.
Weeks later, Cole World: The Sideline Story debuted and was on the top of the charts. With J. Cole on top of the hip hop world, Jay-Z congratulated him on his success. Jay-Z said his success is a testament to his hard work and development. Speaking on the album, Jay-Z said it was a great body of work.