Poll: Did J. Cole play it too safe with "Work Out" video?
During a time when album release dates get pushed aroundmore than victims of schoolyard bullies, I think we can officially say it's official. J. Cole's highly anticipated debut,"Cole World: The Sideline Story," will be out out September 27 after two years of building a mixtape rep on Jay-Z's Roc Nation.
The confirmation for me is the release of the video for Cole's mainstream rap effort "Work Out." Theself-produced track that samples Kanye's "The New Workout Plan" andshamelessly interprets Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" -- I almostcrashed my ride when I heard a mixshow DJ pipe the Abdul audio underneath -- isclose to breaking into the top 40 on the rap radio charts.
The video is a little too safe for me. I know the songstoryline is simple; it's a hookup record. But we've seen this video treatmenta million times -- boy plays basketball, girls walk boy, boy meets prettiestgirl in the group, and they live happily ever after.
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