I patiently waited for his freshman album that would come after too many interviews and classic mixtapes. Disappointed wouldn't be the right word because singles like " Work Out" and "Can't get Enough". Although they were great radio hits they did not speak to the poetic genius I saw in one of my current favorite rappers. While J. Cole put out those solely for radio hits also he also supplied content with "Lost Ones" and "Breakdown". After buying Sideline Story, I again patiently waited for Born Sinner to drop. This was the J. Cole I had been waiting for. I remember when I first heard "Trouble" combining a sample song from my all time favorite movie "Imitation of Life" and one of my favorite rappers on a track. I supported one of my favorite artists as many in my generation often don't do. I remember scrimping and saving to pay to see J. Cole Club Nokia on tour and again at the Nokia Theatre. I supported by purchasing tour tickets and albums. When Forrest Hills Drive dropped, I bought too bought this album and even listened to the minutes long credits at the end. I patiently waited to see J. Cole again but this time at the Staples Center along with other acts. To my surprise, I couldn't get tickets, the words SOLD OUT flashed across my Live Nation screen. For the first time since J. Cole has dropped his freshman album, I would be missing his tour.
While I still support J. Cole, I am a hip-hop fan like any other and still want to maintain a just a little of the artist for myself. I want my favorite rapper to succeed. I want everyone to hear his lyrics. But with success comes Sold Out shows and higher ticket prices that sometimes we as fans can't afford. J. Cole is a case where my favorite rapper is now everyone's favorite rapper!