J. Cole News

  • Hottest Tracks Of The Summer 2013
    Hottest Tracks Of The Summer 2013
    Aug 28, 2013 at 10:48am
    Summer is nearing it's end, and while the warm weather will soon subside, the season will be remembered through the tracks that soundtracked it. With plenty of huge releases, we've been pretty spoiled as far as big summer tracks go, with material from the likes of Drake, J. Cole, the Black Hippy crew and more. We've done our best to catalog the many songs that defined Summer 2013-- take a look at the list and let us know your own summer anthem in the comments below!
  • Rumor: Did Diddy & J. Cole Scuffle At A VMA Afterparty? [Update: J. Cole Responds]
    Rumor: Did Diddy & J. Cole Scuffle At A VMA Afterparty? [Update: J. Cole Responds]
    Aug 27, 2013 at 11:37am
    The rumor mills are ablaze with talk of Diddy and J. Cole scrapping at a VMA after-party at NYC’s Dream Hotel last night. Very few details have been confirmed, but the story we've heard so far is that the two rappers exchanged some heated words before things got physical. The two were allegedly separated by security, at which point J. Cole may have been escorted out of the building. There are a few scattered tweets that support that such an event did occur, but it's still very up in the air.
  • Kendrick Lamar Leads 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations, Followed By Drake
    Kendrick Lamar Leads 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations, Followed By Drake
    Aug 22, 2013 at 07:46pm
    You can't escape Kendrick Lamar in hip-hop at this point in time. After claiming to be the King of New York on Big Sean's "Control" and name-dropping a bunch of his colleagues, thus getting the rap world in a tizzy, he continues his domination with the upcoming BET Hip-Hop Awards.
  • J. Cole Says Being "Light Skinned" Has Helped His Career
    J. Cole Says Being "Light Skinned" Has Helped His Career
    Aug 22, 2013 at 11:27am
    Priding himself on constructing thoughtful lyrics, J. Cole has come under fire of late for derogatory terms used in lyrics towards homosexuals, and autistic people.  Always open to discuss the matter, J.
  • J. Cole Explains How Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Single Helps His Own Single "Crooked Smile"
    J. Cole Explains How Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Single Helps His Own Single "Crooked Smile"
    Aug 21, 2013 at 01:21pm
    J. Cole's Born Sinner album is doing consistently well on the charts, and he's looking to have the same success with his single "Crooked Smile." While it may not be a traditional single in terms of content for radio and pop standards, the rapper is nonetheless hoping it will get a lot of airplay at Pop radio stations.
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 18
    Charts Don't Lie: August 18
    Aug 18, 2013 at 12:37pm
    This week was obviously a memorable one for hip-hop, with Big Sean's "Control" dropping and a Kendrick Lamar frenzy ensuing. While the verse has received way more attention than we could have imagined, plenty of rappers are retaliating and introducing new excitement into the rap game which isn't a bad thing.
  • Nas & J. Cole Cover VIBE's 20th Anniversary Issue [Update: Pharrell & Daft Punk Cover VIBE]
    Nas & J. Cole Cover VIBE's 20th Anniversary Issue [Update: Pharrell & Daft Punk Cover VIBE]
    Aug 14, 2013 at 11:39am
    Yesterday we reported that Janelle Monae and Robin Thicke would take the cover of VIBE's 20th anniversary edition, but now it seems like their may be a few covers for the issue. Nas revealed his cover alongside J. Cole on Instagram today. Judging by the third headline on the issue, we may see Pharrell and Daft Punk on a third cover.
  • Drake Says His & J. Cole's Apologies Were Not "Cop-Outs"
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 4th
    Charts Don't Lie: August 4th
    Aug 4, 2013 at 02:59pm
    Last week we contemplated the low sales for Ace Hood's Trials & Tribulations album. This week, we see a severe drop for Ace's album, at the same time we get a new entry with similarly low sales, Rich Gang.
  • Charts Don’t Lie: July 28
    Charts Don’t Lie: July 28
    Jul 28, 2013 at 01:39pm
    Our new entry on Charts Don't Lie this week belongs to Ace Hooooood. The rapper constantly on his grind delivered Trials & Tribulations after months of promotion, a huge hit single, "Bugatti," a listening event, among other things. And while it worked in his favor somewhat (it's his best sales to date), it's still not very much of an improvement from his last album, Blood, Sweat & Tears. Trials & Tribulations is Ace's best debut week thus far, but that's with only 34,000 units sold-- not even 10k more than his 2011 album.
  • Jay Z Talks Competition With J. Cole & Drake, Verdict In Trayvon Martin Case
    Jay Z Talks Competition With J. Cole & Drake, Verdict In Trayvon Martin Case
    Jul 24, 2013 at 03:42pm
    Jay Z has appeared in one more in-depth interview, following his press run for Magna Carta Holy Grail. This one's with Elliott Wilson, for Jay's own blog, Life + Times. The two-part, hour-long interview was released in full today. In the second part of his #FACTSONLY interview, Jay discusses the spirit of competition within rap, and how there has to be a balance of both respect and competition. As well, Hov touches on his feelings about the Trayvon Martin case and racism in today's generation.
  • Ace Hood's "Trials & Tribulations" First Week Sales Numbers Revealed
    Ace Hood's "Trials & Tribulations" First Week Sales Numbers Revealed
    Jul 24, 2013 at 02:07pm
    Ace Hood may have scored a gigantic lead single with "Bugatti," but it seems like going up against heavyweights like Jay Z and J. Cole may have hindered his sales potential.
  • J. Cole's "Born Sinner" Goes Gold
    J. Cole's "Born Sinner" Goes Gold
    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:09am
    J. Cole's Born Sinner continues to see success, after topping Kanye West's album in its second week, the LP has already gone gold. Cole's album has already passed the 500k mark in sales, reaching it before Kanye could. Congrats! US album sales: #3 @JColeNC, Born Sinner 39,378 (478,495 total).
  • J. Cole Writes Sincere Apology Letter For Lyric On "Jodeci" [Update: Drake Issues Apology]
    J. Cole Writes Sincere Apology Letter For Lyric On "Jodeci" [Update: Drake Issues Apology]
    Jul 22, 2013 at 09:47pm
    Various groups and fans have been more vocal recently about being outraged and offended by offensive lyrics from rappers.  Most recently we have the Lil Wayne Emmett Till line, and the Rick Ross date-rap reference, and the most recent, J. Cole's line on his "Jodeci" freestyle with Drake about autistic people.  Now Cole has penned a heartfelt letter apologizing for the line. 
  • Charts Don’t Lie: July 21
    Charts Don’t Lie: July 21
    Jul 21, 2013 at 12:03pm
    Jay Z stays breaking records, literally. The rap superstar is not only seeing plenty of success with his single off Magna Carta Holy Grail, but he is also making Billboard history with the album. This week a few records were made by Hov, including the title of the most #1s in Billboard history-- and the rest you can read about below.
  • There's A Petition Out Against Drake & J. Cole For The "Retard" Lyric Used In "Jodeci" Freestyle
    There's A Petition Out Against Drake & J. Cole For The "Retard" Lyric Used In "Jodeci" Freestyle
    Jul 19, 2013 at 08:47pm
     2013 is not the year to slip up lyrically if your an artist. With Rick Ross and Lil Wayne both losing lucrative endorsement deals after spitting some offensive bars earlier this year, it looks like Drake and J Cole are the next targets in "watch what you say". 
  • J. Cole's "Power Trip" Goes Gold [Update: Single Goes Platinum]
    J. Cole's "Power Trip" Goes Gold [Update: Single Goes Platinum]
    Jul 17, 2013 at 10:49am
    J. Cole and Miguel's "Power Trip" single has been certified Gold, moving more than 500,000 units since it’s February release. You can purchase the track on iTunes if you wish. Born Sinner hits the shelves on June 18th. Peep the numbers and listen to the track below: 
  • Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole & More Nab MTV VMA Nominations
    Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole & More Nab MTV VMA Nominations
    Jul 17, 2013 at 09:44am
    The 2013 MTV Video Music awards will take place August 24th at the Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. While hip hop has less of a presence than usual, there is still quite a few nominees to get excited about. Macklemore and Justin Timberlake lead the pack with 6 noms each, and Mack's inescapable "Can't Hold Us" will then also go up against Drake, Kendrick, A$AP Rocky, and J. Cole for hip hop video of the year. The Weeknd, Iggy Azalea, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, and Beyonce have also scored nominations. View the full list of nominees below.
  • Charts Don't Lie: July 14
    Charts Don't Lie: July 14
    Jul 14, 2013 at 02:15pm
    Soon Jay-Z is going to be on the charts, undoubtedly dominating the top spot, which belonged to J. Cole this week. Jay-Z's new album has made waves not only for it's creative rollout but for changing the rules of RIAA, in order to ensure the album went platinum before it even dropped, unlike our other chart-toppers this week, who are working their way to platinum the old-fashioned way. On top of Magna Carta Holy Grail already being platinum, it's also on track to sell a more-than-solid 350-400k units opening week.
  • Kanye West, Wale & J. Cole Make Billboard History For Rap
    Kanye West, Wale & J. Cole Make Billboard History For Rap
    Jul 12, 2013 at 04:06pm
    June 18th will forever be a day locked in the mind of hip-hop fans because of the three important album releases on that day. The week of June 18th was memorable because each hip-hop album that dropped-- Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller-- broke the 100k mark. Now, once more, history on the Billboard 200 has been made.
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