J. Cole 'Born Sinner'
Cole took the leap of faith and moved his release date to match Kanye West's Yeezus. The results were more than great. He really stood up to the giant and came out alive. Though, there's no doubt that Kanye had more impact with his album, Born Sinner elevated Cole's status in hip-hop. The N.C. rapper is one of the few post Biggie and Pac MCs that is truly growing with his fans. Despite what Kendrick may say, Jermaine's fanbase will be around forever.