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J. Cole has entered that rare space that only Drake and Kendrick are currently occupying. He’s at a point in his career where he has an established fanbase who will go out and support his music whenever he drops.

Out of the six solo albums Cole has dropped, all of them debuted at the top of the charts, except for one. That album was Born Sinner, and the only reason why it didn’t hit number one was because Cole purposely moved his release date to coincide with Kanye’s Yeezus. You gotta respect that love of competition.

“I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album,” Cole told Billboard. “It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”

As one of the best rappers of the 2010s, here are the rankings for every one of J. Cole’s first week album sales – from his debut Cole World: The Sideline Story to his latest release The Off-Season.

D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape (with Dreamville Records)

Released: March 31, 2022

Label: Dreamville, Interscope

First week album sales: 30,000

Billboard 200 position: 11

Singles: “Heaven’s EP”

Features: 2 Chainz, ASAP Ferg, Kenny Mason, Sheck Wes, G Perico, Reason, and Young Nudy.

Revenge of the Dreamers III (with Dreamville Records)

Released: July 5, 2019

Label: Dreamville, Interscope

First week album sales: 115,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Middle Child”, “Down Bad / Got Me”, “LamboTruck / Costa Rica”, “Bussit / Still Up”

Features: DaBaby, T.I, Young Nudy, Buddy, Reason, Maxo Kream, Ski Mask the Slump God, Mez, 6lack, Mereba, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla Sign, Dreezy, Smino, Saba, and Guapdad 4000.

Cole World: The Sideline Story

Released: September 27, 2011

Label: Roc Nation, Columbia, Sony

First week album sales: 218,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Work Out”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Mr. Nice Watch”, “Nobody’s Perfect”

Features: Trey Songz, Drake, Jay-Z and Missy Elliott.

Born Sinner

Released: June 18, 2013

Label: ByStorm, Columbia, Dreamville, Roc Nation

First week album sales: 297,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Power Trip”, “Crooked Smile”, “Forbidden Fruit”, “She Knows”

Features: Miguel, Amber Coffman, Jhené Aiko, James Fauntleroy, Bas, TLC, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.

The Off-Season

Released: May 14, 2021

Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Interscope

First week album sales: 282,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Interlude”, “My Life”

Features: Morray, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Bas, and 6lack.

2014 Forest Hills Drive

Released: December 9, 2014

Label: ByStorm, Columbia, Dreamville, Roc Nation

First week album sales: 353,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Apparently”, “Wet Dreamz”, “No Role Modelz”, “Love Yourz”

Features: N/A

4 Your Eyez Only

Released: December 9, 2016

Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Interscope

First week album sales: 363,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Deja Vu”, “Neighbors”

Features: N/A

KOD

Released: April 20, 2018

Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Interscope

First week album sales: 397,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “KOD”, “ATM”

Features: N/A

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