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Staff Picks Playlist (December 4)
Staff Picks Playlist (December 4) Dec 4, 2015 at 04:02pm
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.
Is This The Release Date For Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Project?
Is This The Release Date For Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Project? Nov 28, 2015 at 02:14pm
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..."
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear Oct 24, 2015 at 06:06pm
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
Drake Brings J. Cole Out At Austin City Limits Oct 11, 2015 at 09:56am
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
J. Cole, Diddy, Jeezy & More March On 20th Anniversary Of The Million Man March Oct 10, 2015 at 05:57pm
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
Hip-Hop's 10 Best Surprise Projects Sep 17, 2015 at 03:59pm
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
Stream Made In America Fest Featuring Future, J. Cole, The Weeknd, Beyonce & More Sep 5, 2015 at 05:28pm
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.
J Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Platinum
J Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Goes Platinum Sep 2, 2015 at 03:50pm
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 Brings Out Jay-Z, Big Sean, & Drake In Fayetteville Aug 30, 2015 at 12:09am
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
Get LIVE: 13 Rappers That Are Great In Concert Aug 21, 2015 at 04:30pm
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
Jay Electronica Disses Drake & J. Cole During Live Show Aug 19, 2015 at 02:47pm
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
Charts Don't Lie: August 8th Aug 9, 2015 at 09:31pm
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.
Stream Trae Tha Truth's New Album "Tha Truth"
Stream Trae Tha Truth's New Album "Tha Truth" Jul 23, 2015 at 11:44am
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.