The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.
J. Cole, ScHoolboy Q & Rae Sremmurd Earn Platinum Singles & Albums
The internet has recently pointed out that one can not occupy the same space as a J. Cole Stan without being told how their favorite rapper went platinum with no features, and now, they have even more ammunition, as "Wet Dreamz," the single from the corresponding Cole album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, has also earned a platinum plaque.
The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance.
Chance The Rapper Crashes J. Cole & Bryson Tiller's Sets At Bonnaroo
Chance The Rapper may not be on the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo festival, but he couldn't resist performing anyway. The Chicago emcee made surprises during both Bryson Tiller and J. Cole's sets Friday night, each time performing his summer anthem, "No Problem," for an ecstatic crowd.
J. Cole, G-Eazy, Kehlani & More Performing At Life Is Beautiful Festival
The festival announcements keep on coming as we approach the warmer months. Today a Las Vegas-based festival Life Is Beautiful has announced their line-up, which true to form these days, is a wide mix of genres.
Billboard Hot 100 Festival Line-Up Includes J. Cole, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd & More
The list of dope festivals you should attend this summer continues to grow, with Billboard announcing the line-up for their relatively new Hot 100 Festival. This is only the second year of the festival, and they've tapped some of the artists that graced the Hot 100 this past year to help bring it to life.
These Hip Hop Artists Are "On The Way To Legend" According To Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli can usually be found debating, arguing, or flat out beefing with his Twitter followers. On Tuesday, he responded to a tweet that suggested that there are no one today matches the artistry of golden era greats like Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. “I disagree,” Kweli wrote. “RTJ, Joey Badass, Kendrick, Cole, Rapsody, Anderson Paak Chance, all great on the way to legend.”
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
15 Mixtapes That Deserve Grammys
Over the weekend, a petition surfaced that called for Grammy policy changes. The Change.org item argued retail albums should not be the only projects considered for awards, as there have been many important projects released for free over the last few years that were not eligible due to way they were released.
Nia Long Responds To J. Cole Saying He Was "Too Young" For Her On "No Role Modelz"
Actress Nia Long sat down with Larry King recently, and King, a noted hip-hop enthusiast, asked her about why she has been mentioned in so many hip-hop songs. She explained that hip-hop began blowing up around the same time as black actors like herself were starting to land major roles, and thus, rappers often saw her as a symbol of success. Her good looks probably didn't hurt either. King went on to mention that the most recent rapper to namedrop Nia Long in a song is J. Cole, who, on the 2014 Forest Hills Drive song "No Role Modelz," rapped:
J. Cole, Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Highest Earning Musicians Of 2015
Billboard has released their annual list of Top Money Makers in the music industry, and while it's largely dominated by pop stars and legacy rock bands, a few rap and R&B artists also made the cut. The list is determined by the money made from sales, streaming, publishing, and touring, so anything made outside of those categories does not qualify, which is why artists like Dr. Dre and Diddy, who are known primarily for their business ventures these days, were not included.
Meet Bas: Dreamville's Cosmopolitan Sage
Ever since J. Cole signed him to Dreamville Records at the beginning of 2014, Bas has been living on the road. He toured North America, he toured Europe, and he toured North America again. This summer he's going on tour to promote his sophomore album Too High to Riot.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross Just Met With President Obama
President Obama just hosted a who's-who of rappers at the White House to discuss an initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," which aims to keep youth "on the right track". While the event was not publicized, word got out via the Associated Press, but more importantly, DJ Khaled's SnapChat (which might actually have a wider audience at this point), confirming attendees such as Rick Ross, J. Cole, Ludacris, Timbaland, Common, Busta Rhymes, Wale, Pusha T and Nicki Minaj.
A History Of Drake's Non-Album Singles
With Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently becoming his biggest hit to date, the rapper seems to have mastered the art of the standalone single. Drizzy has been using loose tracks as a means to promote his albums for a few years now, and he's only become more generous with the release of singles since the launch of his OVO Radio show.
J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani & More To Perform At Outside Lands 2016
Outside Lands announced its 2016 lineup Tuesday morning. The lineup isn't as hip hop-heavy as some other festivals (headliners = Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, and Lana Del Rey), there are still some pretty big names. J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak and Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) will all be making appearances. Also of potential interest for hip hop fans: Hiatus Kaiyote, Major Lazer, Lettuce, Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington, Tokimonsta, and The Knocks.
J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, & Ice Cube To Headline Pemberton 2016
With festival season approaching, hip hop heads should consider traveling to Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada this year. Pemberton just announced the full 2016 lineup and it looks very promising. Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and Ice Cube are all headliners. Also of interest for hip hop enthusiasts: Tyler, the Creator, Tory Lanez, Anderson .Paak, Method Man and Redman, Rae Sremmurd, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, SZA, Mac Miller, Cypress Hill, FKA twigs, Dizzy Wright, Hudson Mohwake, & Pell.
Lollapalooza Reveals Line-Up
The festival line-ups keep rolling in, and every line-up seems better than the next (or, they're all just really dope line-ups). Today's line-up revelation comes from the annual Chicago festival Lollapalooza, with a mix of indie-rock and hip-hop headliners.
J. Cole's Dreamville Imprint Is Hooking A Trump Protester Up With Free Merch
Donald Trump's recent rallies have been a mess, with the potential republican candidate being forced to cancel his appearance in Chicago following conflicts between supporters and protesters in the crowd (he's actually encouraged violence toward protesters in this kind of situation...), while a protester in Ohio attempted to rush the stage before being apprehended by secret service agents.
Barack Obama Expresses His Love For J. Cole
Obama's love for hip-hop is now well-established. The President cited Kendrick Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as his favorite song of 2015, and he even invited the Compton rapper to meet with him in the Oval Office.
J Cole, Future, Young Thug, & More To Perform At 2016 Wireless Festival
Festival season is approaching. Last night, Wireless Festival became the latest to announce their 2016 lineup... this one may the most hip hop-heavy yet. Here are the hip hop acts that will perform at 2016 Wireless Festival: J. Cole, Future, Bryson Tiller, A$AP Ferg, Young Thug, Jeremih, Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, Miguel, Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, Yelawolf, and Skepta's Boy Better Know crew. BANG BANG.