J. Cole News

  • Samples of The Week: October 9
    Samples of The Week: October 9
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:30pm
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".  This week, see who Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky and Cozz & J. Cole sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
  • Power 105.1 Announces Powerhouse 2014 Line Up: J. Cole, Jeezy, T.I. & More [Update: Chris Brown & Trey Songz Added]
    Power 105.1 Announces Powerhouse 2014 Line Up: J. Cole, Jeezy, T.I. & More [Update: Chris Brown & Trey Songz Added]
    Oct 3, 2014 at 02:53pm
    This morning Power 105.1 announced the line-up for their annual Powerhouse concert in New York City. The radio station has tapped some NYC natives and some West Coast favorites for the big event, which goes down on Thursday, October 30th at the Barclays Center. J. Cole, Jeezy, Kid Ink, T.I., Childish Gambino, French Montana, Migos, Ne-Yo, Tinashe and man-of-the-moment Bobby Shmurda will all be performing at Powerhouse 2014.
  • Stream Cozz's Debut On Dreamville, "Cozz & Effect"
    Stream Cozz's Debut On Dreamville, "Cozz & Effect"
    Oct 3, 2014 at 09:06am
    Last night at midnight, Cozz's debut album via the Dreamville imprint hit iTunes. While originally slated to be a mixtape, it appears the project is now just a commercial release-- rightly so, as it is all original production as well as a few stand-out features, including one from the Cole World rapper himself, J. Cole.
  • Hands Up: Street Anthems 4 Justice
    Hands Up: Street Anthems 4 Justice
    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:38am
    Hip-Hop emerged out of a collective struggle against oppression, poverty, and pain.  Recently, rappers have been teaming up in order to promote an end to police brutality, even raising money for victims like Mike Brown, and spreading digital campaigns to promote awareness of the issue. This isn't the first time we've seen rappers speak up against violence in their music, so we've gathered several examples from recent times as well as the past in this list.
  • Jeremih Teases New Single Featuring J. Cole "Planes"
    Jeremih Teases New Single Featuring J. Cole "Planes"
    Sep 18, 2014 at 03:58pm
    Jeremih is on a roll. After "Don't Tell 'Em" hit gold, the r'n'b singer dropped off an official remix of the record enlisting Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana for additional verses. Now he's teasing the artwork for the next single we can expect off of his upcoming album Late Night
  • Krayzie And Bizzy Bone Will Be On J. Cole's New Album
    Krayzie And Bizzy Bone Will Be On J. Cole's New Album
    Sep 4, 2014 at 07:17pm
    Although he recently shared a track that responded to the Michael Brown shooting, J. Cole hasn't given us any details about his follow-up to last year's Born Sinner. The first bit of information we've gotten about that upcoming album comes from Steve Lobel, manager of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who just revealed that Krayzie and Bizzy Bone will be on Cole's next project.
  • Samples Of The Week: August 21
    Samples Of The Week: August 21
    Aug 21, 2014 at 01:03pm
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". 
  • J. Cole Visits Ferguson
    J. Cole Visits Ferguson
    Aug 17, 2014 at 10:22pm
    Just days after releasing his heartfelt tribute to fallen teenager Mike Brown, J. Cole has paid a visit to Ferguson, MO, to commemorate the victim at the scene of his shooting. Based on the video footage that has appeared on various social networks, the experience appears to have been an extremely humbling one for Cole. He took time to hear stories from the town's protestors before ultimately visiting Brown's memorial.
  • Usher, J. Cole, 50 Cent & More Perform At Drake's OVO Fest
    Usher, J. Cole, 50 Cent & More Perform At Drake's OVO Fest
    Aug 4, 2014 at 10:46pm
    Drake always makes sure to keep the surprises coming at his annual OVO Fest, and this year is no exception. So far, he's brought out plenty of guests, including YG for "Who Do You Love", Lauryn Hill, who sang back up on "Days In The East", and Usher who performed a selection of hits like "Climax" and "Confessions". Other guests have included the likes of Jhene Aiko, J. Cole, PartyNextDoor, Tinashe, and more.
  • Drake Calls Himself & J. Cole The "Two Kings" Of The Rap Game During L.A. Show
    Drake Calls Himself & J. Cole The "Two Kings" Of The Rap Game During L.A. Show
    Jul 24, 2014 at 01:21pm
    Earlier today we posted footage from J. Cole's "Dollar And A Dream" tour finale in Los Angeles last night. The ColeWorld MC went out with a bang, performing two shows in one night, with each show seeing a different surprise guest: Kendrick Lamar and Drake. We saw brief footage from K. Dot's time on stage, and now plenty of Instagram clips are circulating from Drizzy's time on stage.
  • Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
    Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
    Jul 12, 2014 at 09:38pm
    The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is going down today in Williamsburg, and so far, Jay Electronica's set was the most surprising. Jay Elec performing alone in itself is quite a rare sight, but the elusive rapper made sure to up the ante of his set with a few big name guest appearances.
  • J. Cole Signs Cozz To Dreamville/Interscope Imprint [Update: Cozz Speaks On Being Signed]
    J. Cole Signs Cozz To Dreamville/Interscope Imprint [Update: Cozz Speaks On Being Signed]
    Jun 29, 2014 at 01:19pm
    It looks like J. Cole is adding some more talent to his Dreamville Imprint. Earlier today, Jermaine confirmed that he has signed L.A. rapper, Cozz. Cozz, a South Central, Los Angeles rapper, took to twitter earlier today to celebrate his new deal, typing “All I can say is thank GOD, tha whole committee squad, and @JColeNC for tha opportunity..tha take over begins #dreamville #committee." Cozz’s current & only single is appropriately titled “Dreams” and can be seen below. Look for his debut release, Cozz & Effect, to drop later this Summer.
  • J. Cole Releases Letter For The Fifth Anniversary Of "The Warm Up" [Update: Tour Schedule Announced]
    J. Cole Releases Letter For The Fifth Anniversary Of "The Warm Up" [Update: Tour Schedule Announced]
    Jun 15, 2014 at 06:57pm
    On the fifth anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape, The Warm Up, J. Cole has released a message for the fans who have been there for him since the beginning. Posted on the rapper's official website, the text finds Cole talking about the development of that original project and how the music elevated him in the industry.
  • J. Cole Challenged Jay Z To Hop On His Songs In 2009 (Unearthed Video)
    J. Cole Challenged Jay Z To Hop On His Songs In 2009 (Unearthed Video)
    Jun 13, 2014 at 05:43pm
    On Sunday at 7:30 PM, MTV will air J. Cole's The Warm Up: 5 Years Later, a documentary that looks at J. Cole's mercurial rise to the top, and today they've released some previously-unseen footage of Cole in 2009 saying some pretty bold stuff.
  • J. Cole Recalls Appearing On MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen" In 2006
    J. Cole Recalls Appearing On MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen" In 2006
    Jun 12, 2014 at 03:14pm
    Now that we can very easily go back and see exactly what came out 5, 10, 15, or 20 years ago to the day, anniversary pieces are happening more than ever. While we've seen plenty of written retrospectives this year, it now seems as though the anniversary craze is crossing over into TV.
  • J. Cole Announces Second Annual "Dollar & A Dream" Tour
    J. Cole Announces Second Annual "Dollar & A Dream" Tour
    Apr 23, 2014 at 12:51am
     It looks like J. Cole is hitting the road again this summer, and at a bargain rate again. The Roc Nation artist announced late Tuesday night that he will be embarking on the second annual “Dollar & A Dream Tour.”   Expected to hit major cities across the U.S., this summer’s tour celebrates the 5 year anniversary of Jermaine's breakthrough mixtape The Warm Up. To pay homage to the project, the North Carolina rapper will be performing all 22 songs off the 2009 project during his upcoming tour.
  • Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
    Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
    Apr 2, 2014 at 03:25pm
    Wale recently made headlines for an altercation he had with a Twitter troll, who he approached IRL at a WWE match this weekend, leading to a bit of a scuffle. While he's still having a tough time controlling his temper, the DC has still found time to work steadily on his 4th official project, The Album About Nothing. 
  • Outkast, J. Cole, Childish Gambino & More To Perform At Osheaga Music Festival
    Outkast, J. Cole, Childish Gambino & More To Perform At Osheaga Music Festival
    Mar 11, 2014 at 01:16pm
    Osheaga music festival seems to be getting more rap-oriented every year. The official flyer for the event was released today, and while Oukast's name at the top of the bill was of no surprise, the many rappers that followed were pretty unexpected. On top of the legendary duo, the rapper/producer lineup will feature the likes of J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Kid Ink, Bas, Slohmo, and Ryan Hemsworth.
  • J. Cole Kicks Off Third-Annual Dreamville Weekend
    J. Cole Kicks Off Third-Annual Dreamville Weekend
    Mar 6, 2014 at 12:43pm
    J. Cole's Dreamville Foundation has been hosting a charity event known as the 'Dreamville Weekend' annually for the past two years, and 2014 will be no exception. Kicking off today (March 6th), the event will be going on in the rapper's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina until Saturday March 8th. The weekend will consist of various events, including a discussion of the young adult nove, "Tyrell" with author Coe Booth, and 'Appreciation Dinner' which spotlights leaders in the community.
  • Kanye West, Drake, OutKast & More To Perform At 2014 Wireless Festival [Update: J. Cole, 2 Chainz Announced]
    Kanye West, Drake, OutKast & More To Perform At 2014 Wireless Festival [Update: J. Cole, 2 Chainz Announced]
    Feb 18, 2014 at 11:59am
    This year's Wireless Festival which takes place in the UK has quite the list of headliners. The newly-reunited OutKast will be hitting the festival as part of their 40-date festival run, alongside Kanye West, Drake and Pharrell.  The show goes down at both London’s Finsbury Park and Birmingham’s Perry Park through out July 4th-6th. Apart from those headliners, Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze, Chance The Rapper, Azealia Banks, Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, Salt N Peppa and more were tapped to hit the stage.
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