Work Out (song)

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"Work Out"
Single by J. Cole
from the album Cole World: The Sideline Story
Released June 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Length 3:54
Producer(s) J. Cole
J. Cole singles chronology
"Feel Love"
"Work Out"
"Feel Love"
"Work Out"
Music video
"Work Out" on YouTube

"Work Out" is a song by American hip hop recording artist and record producer J. Cole, and released as the lead single from his debut studio album Cole World: The Sideline Story (2011).The song was officially released on June 27, 2011 through Roc Nation and Columbia. Nas voiced his displeasure with the song, which inspired Cole to create the song "Let Nas Down" for his album Born Sinner . It samples the chorus from "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul, Abdul would later sample "Work Out" for her song "Dream Medley."


J. Cole released "Work Out" on June 15, 2011, in honor of the second anniversary of his highly acclaimed mixtape The Warm Up.[1] The song, produced by Cole himself, samples "The New Workout Plan" by Kanye West and interpolates "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul.[2][3] The song is featured as a bonus track on Cole World: The Sideline Story.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video, shot in Brooklyn, New York, was directed by Clifton Bell. The video depicts J. Cole playing basketball, when a girl (Bernice Burgos) catches his eye and he begins to try to win her over. At the end, it went reversed.

Chart performance[edit]

"Work Out" charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on the week of July 23, 2011 at number eighty-five.[5] "Work Out" re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 on week of September 24, 2011 at number ninety-eight.[6][not in citation given] The song has since peaked at number thirteen. As of September 2013, the song has sold 1,853,000 downloads in the United States.[7]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release Information[edit]

Purchaseable release[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref
United States June 27, 2011 Digital download Roc Nation [17]

Official remix release[edit]

Country Title Date Format Label
United States Work Out (J Farell Remix) October 17, 2011 Digital download Roc Nation/Columbia


External links[edit]