#11. J. Cole, Cole World
Release date: March 2011
Likelihood of release: Definitely
Producers: J. Cole, Elite, No I.D.
What we know: After watching his peers Drake and Kid Cudi shoot to stardom, J. Cole is looking to make some serious noise this year. In 2010, he dropped bangers like “Who Dat” and acclaimed mixtapes like Villematic and Friday Night Lights. But they seemed like moves made solely to keep the lights on as Cole held his fans down with something small as he put together his debut album. Thanks to Jay-Z’s co-sign and Roc Nation’s support, we’ve all become aware of Cole’s potential. We’re just waiting for him to deliver the goods because we can tell Young Simba has got more roar in him then he’s letting out.