Staff Picks Playlist (December 4)
Where last week we were overwhelmed with mixtapes, this week, we're bombarded with albums. A ton of album/EP streams have hit the site today, with the most notable belonging to Rick Ross, Curren$y, G-Eazy and Kid Cudi. This week's Staff Picks catches up on a few big songs that came out late in the day last week (most important: Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole). Catch up on some of our favorite songs of the last seven days below. TGIF.
J. Cole's "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming Concert" Coming To HBO
J. Cole had one of the dopest albums of 2014 with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which, in case you somehow forgot, Cole and Kendrick's Black Friday remixes should serve as a reminder.
A Tale Of 2 Black Fridays: Comparing & Contrasting J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar's Remixes
The "real rap" answer to Drake and Future's What A Time To Be Alive has been gestating for just about as long as those two stars' chemistry, and like their more hedonistic counterparts, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole seem to have held out for a full-fledged collab project until they were both top-tier rappers.
Top Tracks: November 23 - November 29
No one was more thankful last week than hip-hop fans.
Is This The Release Date For Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Project?
Rap fans have been talking about Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole's promised collaborative project for years, and just when it seemed all hope was lost for the album, some major hints have arrived. Yesterday, K.Dot and Cole remixed one another's songs for Black Friday, and right at the end of his track, Cole shared a vague promise: "When you and K. Dot shit dropping? / Bitch never, they can’t handle two black niggas this clever / But this February, bet shit get scary when I fuck around and drop..."
J. Cole Visited A Fan At The North Carolina Cancer Hospital
J. Cole always makes an effort to give back to his supporters. Earlier this year, he made good on the promise of attending a fan's graduation, and this week he visited a young man who's been battling cancer.
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a "a producer who can rap and control the maestro," and when he said it, there weren't a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J. Cole have made some serious beats, and then blessed them with their own flow.
Drake Brings J. Cole Out At Austin City Limits
Last week, Drake brought Future out to perform some What A Time To Be Alive during his first set at Austin City Limits, so the bar was set pretty high for weekend 2. Drizzy didn't disappoint, and judging by the crowd's reaction, gave the people what they wanted by bringing J. Cole out for a short set. In his introduction, Drake mentioned that Cole had come all the way from the Million Man March 20th anniversary event in D.C. to make an appearance.
J. Cole, Diddy, Jeezy & More March On 20th Anniversary Of The Million Man March
Today, October 10, thousands gathered in Washington D.C. for the Justice Or Else march, which comes on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, who also led today's march. Many of hip-hop's elite, including Diddy, Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jay Electronica, showed up to walk and show solidarity in the fight against police violence.
Hip-Hop's 10 Best Surprise Projects
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either. Usually, these surprise releases wind up being incredible instalments of quality music.
Stream Made In America Fest Featuring Future, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Beyonce & More
You may have already assumed that the Made It In America festival would be a Tidal exclusive stream, but while the streaming service is providing the festival feed, you won't need a subscription to watch it all go down.Check out live streams of both stages from the festival below, where you'll see performances from the likes of Future, Meek Mill, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Beyonce, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Big Sean, and many more.
Janet Jackson Reveals "Unbreakable" Cover Art, Tracklist & Release Date
Recently Janet Jackson debuted a few new records while on her "Unbreakable" world tour, one of which featured Missy Elliott. Today the singer has released the complete tracklist for her upcoming album, as well as a release date and pre-order link.
J Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Platinum
J Cole is having a great week. He had an epic concert in Fayetteville over the weekend, giving the hometown crowd a night to remember by bringing out Jay-Z, Big Sean, & Drake. Even better news -- "2014 Forest Hills Drive" has now gone platinum, passing the 1,000,000-sales mark in the United States nine months after it was released.
J Cole Brings Out Jay-Z, Big Sean, & Drake In Fayetteville
J. Cole has single-handedly put Fayetteville, NC on the map, and his homecoming concert tonight at Crown Coliseum was always going to be a feel-good event. But Jermaine was not alone. He brought reinforcements. Jay-Z and Big Sean joined J Cole on stage to perform "IDFWU," "Clique" and more before Drake showed up to perform "Energy," "Know Yourself," and other tracks from IYRTITL. Others who made appearances to support Cole on his big night were fellow "Forest Hills Drive" tour acts Jeremih, YG, Bas, Cozz, and Omen.
Get LIVE: 13 Rappers That Are Great In Concert
Rappers are generally hit-or-miss in the concert setting. Some MCs can really rock a crowd while others are notorious for being sloppy, tardy, or brief with their shows. If you've been to a solid handful of rap shows, you've definitely been kept waiting around for an obnoxious amount of time waiting for an MC to show up, only to have him phone in a handful of songs and split. We know we have.
Jay Electronica Disses Drake & J. Cole During Live Show
In hip hop, one of the most important factors in determining an artist's legacy and greatness is still the album. Although some would argue that the medium is past its prime, debates about "legends" or even "best rappers alive" usually involve the artists' discography, which is why this latest Jay Electronica story is so hilarious. During a performance in London last night, the albumless wonder called himself "the God of hip hop" and sent shots at two artists in competition for that title, Drake and J. Cole.
Charts Don't Lie: August 8th
Even when a project is only tangentially connected to Eminem, it tends to sell. Em's executive-production of the soundtrack for Southpaw (as well as some exclusive material) has earned it an admirable debut at number four on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Hopsin has come in at 17 with a tally of entirely traditional sales. Future doesn't appear to be leaving the top ten anytime soon, while Meek Mill also keeps his numbers relatively high.Check out the full breakdown below.
Man Arrested In Connection With J Cole Concert Shooting
Quran Powell, a 27-year-old New Jersey native, was arrested in connection with a recent shooting at PNC Bank Arts Center following a J Cole show.
Two People Shot Outside Of J Cole’s Concert In New Jersey Monday Night
Well here’s news we never wish to report. Two people have been reportedly shot and wounded outside the venue where J Cole’s "First Hills Drive" tour was performing at on Monday night in New Jersey.
Stream Trae Tha Truth's New Album "Tha Truth"
Trae Tha Truth, who celebrated "Trae Day" in Houston yesterday, is following that up on Friday with the release of his new studio effort, also titled after himself, Tha Truth.