Charts Don't Lie: February 10
The Billboard 200 Chart shifted considerably over the past week, leaving artists like Tank in the dust as the likes of Rihanna and Kevin Gates rose to take the #1 and #2 positions, respectively. Rihanna's album, which debuted at #27 last week, claimed the #1 position we all expected it to have. The reasoning for the weak debut was on a technicality, but now that the album is properly available, it moved nearly 125,000 units.
Charts Don't Lie: February 3
In case you missed it, the RIAA updated their formula for calculating Gold and Platinum Album certifications yesterday. While it helped a few artist reach Platinum, today we see if it has shaken up the charts in any significant way. We’re now counting the total combined streams, single and album sales as “total album equivalent units” (TAEU, for short), as driven by changes to Billboard’s new rating system.
Are Drake & J Cole Going On A Summer Tour?
On this morning's episode of Ebro in the Morning, Ebro mentioned that he heard a rumor that a announcement will be made later this week regarding a Drake X J. Cole summer tour. Ebro, who is employed by Hot 97 and Apple Music, has deep ties in the music industry, so his claim could hold water.
10 Essential Dreamville Records Tracks
When you blow up in the hip hop game, it's your responsibility to use your shine to put on some younger cats. Dreamville is J. Cole's way of doing just that. After founding the music collective, Cole has grown the talented roster of MCs to include Bas, Omen, and Cozz, along with awesome producers like Cedric Brown, Ron Gilmore, Elite and more. They promise to keep "a pulse on our community while exploring new sounds, new visuals and new ways to authentically and genuinely connect with all people, around the world."
J. Cole Releases “Forest Hills Drive Live”
It looks like Rihanna isn’t the only Roc Nation member that’s dropping an album this week. In celebration of his 31st birthday today (Thursday Jan. 28), J Cole decided to release a live rendition of his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album.
8 Hip Hop Short Movies You Need To Watch
In recent years, hip hop has diversified itself artistically. When the culture first boomed, it was a medley of rapping, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, but over the times things have changed drastically. The art of DJing is no longer essential for creating the beats a rapper needs to kick his flow. Breakdancing isn't conducive over the tempos many rappers are currently employing. Graffiti has grown so big that it's a culture of its own.
#TBT: Mixtape J. Cole
J. Cole might have gotten hitched behind our backs recently, but it doesn't change the fact that for a few years there he was completely transparent about his life as a struggling rapper from North Carolina. Yes, we're talking about those mixtape years where J. Cole was fighting for your attention on a World Wide Web that has everything but a shortage of mixtapes.
Charts Don't Lie: January 20th
This week, the charts belonged to the late David Bowie. Days after releasing what would prove to be his swan song (an a very much intentional one), Blackstar, the legendary artist lost his battle to cancer.
Yasiin Bey Posts Possible Tracklist Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, J. Cole
UPDATE 1/21/16 A rep for Yasiin Bey has told The Fader that all of Bey's social media channels are fake, so sadly none of the collaborations posted to the Instagram account referenced in this article are real either. ...
J Cole, Vince Staples, & Miguel To Perform At Bonnaroo 2016
Those able to endure the withering Southern heat at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, are richly rewarded with one of the most massive and diverse music gatherings on the planet. Bonnaroo has announced the full lineup for its 2016 festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-12. Hip-hop & R&B acts include J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vince Staples, Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler, the Creator, RL Grime, Post Malone, Goldlink, Allen Stone, & The Internet.
J. Cole Is Secretly A Married Man
Sorry ladies, J Cole is off the market… officially now. Last year, news surfaced that J Cole had been reportedly engaged to his longtime girlfriend, but now it turns out they actually took that leap of faith together.
Charts Don't Lie: January 13th
Since it's still pretty early in the year, we haven't had any big releases just yet, but that doesn't mean rap and R&B aren't selling a whole lot. This week, The Weeknd has moved back into the top 5 releases, while Bryson Tiller has hit his highest peak yet, proving his audience is growing each week. In other sales news, the RIAA has finally certified J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album platinum.
Freddie Gibbs Says He's On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Level
In December Freddie Gibbs put out Shadow of a Doubt. It was a sonic departure from Piñata, his previous record with Madlib, but familiar to anyone who had followed Gangsta Gibbs from before that acclaimed 2014 album. In December 2015, he sat down with NPR’s “Microphone Check” for a long, in-depth interview.
Watch J. Cole's "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming" Concert Film
After teasing us with previews of the big premiere in the preceding weeks, HBO aired J. Cole's highly-anticipated concert film, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, last night. The show was filmed in Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, N.C., where he gave his day-one fans some special surprises, including appearances from Drake, Jay Z, Big Sean, and YG.
Top Tracks: December 21 - December 27
Things were just beginning to slow down, as we had spent enough time arguing over the year's best music with a series of year-end lists and were ready to start thinking about what's in store for 2016. As we approached the holidays, though, some of our favorite artists were feeling particularly generous and gifted us with a wealth of new material.
Top Tracks: December 7 - December 13
We're quickly approaching the holidays, which means the year-end lists are in full effect. While many of us are looking back at the abundance of great music that's dropped over the past 50 weeks, some of our favorite rappers are showing no signs of showing down. Shortly after dropping his Black Friday remix package with Kendrick Lamar, J.
J. Cole & Dreamville Surprise NYC Fans With 3 Shows In 1 Night
Yesterday (Dec. 12), Bas, Cozz, and Omen asked their fans if they were interested in participating in a Dreamville "crawl" in NYC. It turned out that what Dreamville had in store was three surprise shows in one night. Flyers soon went up around the city for the "Revenge of the Dreamers NYC Crawl 2015," in celebration of the crew's recent collaboration album, Revenge of the Dreamers 2. If u in NYC tonight come fux w us drinks on @omen..
Pusha T Has A Song With Kanye West, J. Cole & ASAP Rocky On His New Album
Pusha T is getting ready to release his new project Darkest Before Dawn, and while we've already heard some solid material from the project, the best may be yet to come.
J.Cole & Dreamville Surprise Fans With Release Of "Revenge Of The Dreamers 2"
Well hello! Just hours after hearing news of the Dreamville’s sequel to Revenge Of The Dreamers, J.Cole and company decide to surprise fans by dropping it off on iTunes tonight a few days early.
Top Tracks: November 30 - December 6
We got a wealth of new music last Friday, and, indeed, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, and Jeremih all added tracks off their new albums to this week's Top 10. Lyrically-minded fans are still reeling from the week before, though, when Kendrick and Cole exchanged remixes. Both "Black Friday" tracks comfortably stuck around for this week's Top 10.