J. Cole’s manager Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad announced the album’s return to streaming on Saturday (October 13), but he didn’t elaborate on why it disappeared in the first place.
“Back by popular demand, it’s a long story why it got taken down but just know it’s back,” he wrote. “Enjoy.”
Back by popular demand, it’s a long story why it got taken down but just know it’s back. Enjoy https://t.co/AMttZbEEUm
— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) October 13, 2018
Cole World was released in 2011 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
[This post has been updated. The following was originally published on October 3, 2018.]
J. Cole‘s debut album Cole World: A Sideline Story appears to have disappeared from all streaming networks. The revelation was made via social media, causing confusion from fans accustomed to perusing his catalog freely.
Plz explain why tf Cole World not on Apple Music anymore?
— EazyCheezy (@yung_cheesy) October 2, 2018
umm why isn’t Cole World on apple music??? @JColeNC
— Sherise ? (@sherisejonesss) October 2, 2018
Why is Cole World- Sideline Story not on @AppleMusic ????!!!
— paloma? (@vieyrapaloma) September 29, 2018
— Jaylynn (@perfectlyyjayy) September 30, 2018
— Tony 6’2 (@Reyes00_) October 3, 2018
they took cole world off apple music….i’m about to fight somebody
— Syd ♔ (@sydneygibbs___) October 3, 2018
So Apple Music thought it was okay to take Cole World Sideline Story off completely?
— Timothy Johnson Jr. (@TCJII) October 3, 2018
Dreamville President Ibrahim Hamad responded to the many tweets floated his way noting, “I’m aware of what happened and we will get it back up soon … You can stop tweeting me now.”
To everyone tweeting me about sideline story, I’m aware of what happen and we will get it back up soon. You can stop tweeting me now.
— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) October 2, 2018
It’s unclear exactly why the album was taken down and when it will return. Dreamville is obviously aware of the situation, but it’s also missing from the label’s official website. The bulk of his discography — including his highly acclaimed pre-Cole World mixtapes The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights — remain though.