Today, I went to the J. Cole Born Sinner listening session with my girlfriend. I would be remiss if I didn’t blog about my experience.
The Chicago listening session was at Cloud Gate, more famously known as The Bean, downtown in Millennium Park. We were late. CPT is no joke haha. Since we were late, parking in downtown Chicago was rough so we shelled out $30 for parking due to the Chicago Blues Festival. We got to Cloud Gate and attempted to use the LISNR app to log in to the session. It took a long time. The app kept quitting on both my iPhone and my girlfriend’s Android phone. Not to mention, the session didn’t really start until around 7:45 PM instead of 7 PM CST.
15 minutes. Black People shit— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 7, 2013
Once the session started, it was pretty much smooth sailing. The listening session consisted of the entire regular edition of Born Sinner. I won’t get into all the details; I’ll save that for the review on my YouTube page. But I will say this: Born Sinner is great. It is far superior than his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Musically, it’s amazing. The production is top notch. There was a lot of choir interaction and a lot of strings. I’m all about that haha. Lyrically it’s tight. He sounds hungry on every song and the content is exactly what you expect. Very introspective and it’s heavy. Besides “Power Trip” and “Crooked Smile”, I don’t see too many radio hits. i’m interested in seeing how that goes. Also, the “born sinner” theme doesn’t get lost. It’s clear throughout the entire album. Go get the album on June 18th. It’s definitely worth it. The songs that stuck out in this first listen: “Runaway”, “Born Sinner”, “Trouble”. All in all, this was a great marketing idea. From what I’ve heard, it went well in most of the cities. Congrats Cole, this is a great job. Enjoy.
All love. Outta my hands. June 18th— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 7, 2013