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.
Stream Omen's "Elephant Eyes"
Today's a big day for Dreamville Records' Omen. He finally gets to release his debut album, Elephant Eyes, and chooses to do so on a Tuesday, rather than the new industry standard release day, Friday. We've already heard the J. Cole assisted "Things Change," and now we've got a stream of the full eleven track project, courtesy of Spotify.
The Streaming "Game Of Thrones": Drake & Apple Music Vs. Jay-Z & TIDAL
It all seemed like fantastic, luxurious, one-percent-y fun and games during the initial TIDAL press conference. Music mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s launched his rebranding of the year-old streaming service he had recently acquired by strutting out stars of meteoric magnitude, both young and old, shuffled out like battling champions in a proverbial game of thrones. Like a "Song of Ice and Fire," the words burned like an effigy as the music industry (critics, artists, and fans alike) were urged to brace themselves for something new.
Meek Mill Says Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Don't Inspire HIm
Meek Mill was on Power 105 to discuss Dreams Worth More Than Money the other day, and while speaking with Angie Martinez, gave us a window into his personal taste in music. He was quite honest with Martinez, laying it all out there with artists that he both likes and dislikes. Most notably, he said that he wasn't a fan of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.
Charts Don't Lie: June 27
While next week should be more exciting, the last round of rap sales were pretty lacklustre. With ASAP Rocky's album dropping to number 12, it's the first week in some time with no hip hop or R&B in the top ten. The LPs we've seen selling all year are still hanging in, with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar all continuing to sell. Meanwhile, J. Cole has jumped up a few spots, showing that his LP, though released last year, still has some life left in it.Check out the full breakdown below.
J. Cole Makes Good On Promise Of Attending Fan's Graduation
J. Cole's fans are the type to vehemently defend him in comment sections everywhere, and while we've yet to see him battling the trolls of HNHH, Cole makes an effort to care for his fans as they do for him. The NC rapper gave fans a chance to give him a call after he released the Revenge Of The Dreamers mixtape, and one conversation landed him in a spoken contract. If Cierra Bosarge was accepted to a four-year university program, Cole agreed that he would attend her high school graduation.
Made In America Line-Up Includes Beyonce, The Weeknd & More
Jay Z and Budweiser are teaming up for another edition of their Made In America festival, and today they've revealed the 2015 line-up.
J. Cole To Perform "Friday Night Lights" In Its Entirety On "Dollar and a Dream Tour III"
Every J. Cole stan is different, but if you ask a day 1 J. Cole stan what the rapper's best project is, you're probably going to hear Friday Night Lights. The mixtape celebrates its 6th anniversary this year, and in celebration, Cole is taking the project on tour, well, a two-date tour for now.
Top 5 Miguel X Rapper Collabs
Miguel isn't the most prolific artist in R&B, but he's one of the most inimitable. As he's become an undeniable fashion icon and sex-symbol, he's still managed to evolve his sound with each subsequent record, sounding like the second-coming of Prince-- less dancey, but more sexy. He's an artist of his own breed, which is why we don't see him on features as much as most R&B artists, who get more hype off their guest appearances on rap albums than on their solo work.
Top 7 Features On "SURF"
SURF finally came and it is going to be the soundtrack of everyone’s summer. The super-chill collaborative effort by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment not only makes a serious case for 2015’s most valuable hip-hop album to date thus far, thanks to Chance the Rapper and the rest of DT & TSE, but it has some serious cameos that add to the fun.