Charts Don't Lie: January 13th
Since it's still pretty early in the year, we haven't had any big releases just yet, but that doesn't mean rap and R&B aren't selling a whole lot. This week, The Weeknd has moved back into the top 5 releases, while Bryson Tiller has hit his highest peak yet, proving his audience is growing each week. In other sales news, the RIAA has finally certified J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album platinum.
Freddie Gibbs Says He's On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Level
In December Freddie Gibbs put out Shadow of a Doubt. It was a sonic departure from Piñata, his previous record with Madlib, but familiar to anyone who had followed Gangsta Gibbs from before that acclaimed 2014 album. In December 2015, he sat down with NPR’s “Microphone Check” for a long, in-depth interview.
Watch J. Cole's "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming" Concert Film
After teasing us with previews of the big premiere in the preceding weeks, HBO aired J. Cole's highly-anticipated concert film, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, last night. The show was filmed in Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, N.C., where he gave his day-one fans some special surprises, including appearances from Drake, Jay Z, Big Sean, and YG.
Top Tracks: December 21 - December 27
Things were just beginning to slow down, as we had spent enough time arguing over the year's best music with a series of year-end lists and were ready to start thinking about what's in store for 2016. As we approached the holidays, though, some of our favorite artists were feeling particularly generous and gifted us with a wealth of new material.
Top Tracks: December 7 - December 13
We're quickly approaching the holidays, which means the year-end lists are in full effect. While many of us are looking back at the abundance of great music that's dropped over the past 50 weeks, some of our favorite rappers are showing no signs of showing down. Shortly after dropping his Black Friday remix package with Kendrick Lamar, J.
J. Cole & Dreamville Surprise NYC Fans With 3 Shows In 1 Night
Yesterday (Dec. 12), Bas, Cozz, and Omen asked their fans if they were interested in participating in a Dreamville "crawl" in NYC. It turned out that what Dreamville had in store was three surprise shows in one night. Flyers soon went up around the city for the "Revenge of the Dreamers NYC Crawl 2015," in celebration of the crew's recent collaboration album, Revenge of the Dreamers 2. If u in NYC tonight come fux w us drinks on @omen..
Pusha T Has A Song With Kanye West, J. Cole & ASAP Rocky On His New Album
Pusha T is getting ready to release his new project Darkest Before Dawn, and while we've already heard some solid material from the project, the best may be yet to come.
J.Cole & Dreamville Surprise Fans With Release Of "Revenge Of The Dreamers 2"
Well hello! Just hours after hearing news of the Dreamville’s sequel to Revenge Of The Dreamers, J.Cole and company decide to surprise fans by dropping it off on iTunes tonight a few days early.
Top Tracks: November 30 - December 6
We got a wealth of new music last Friday, and, indeed, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, and Jeremih all added tracks off their new albums to this week's Top 10. Lyrically-minded fans are still reeling from the week before, though, when Kendrick and Cole exchanged remixes. Both "Black Friday" tracks comfortably stuck around for this week's Top 10.
J. Cole & Dreamville's "Revenge Of The Dreamers II" Cover Art & Release Date Revealed
Last night, speculation was running awry that J. Cole and his Dreamville squad were prepping a follow-up to Revenge of the Dreamers. We now have iron-clad confirmation that the project is indeed real, with the album going up for pre-order on iTunes.
Are J. Cole & Dreamville Prepping "Revenge Of The Dreamers 2"?
J. Cole is rarely active on Twitter, so it's fair to say he's up to something tonight, as he just tweeted out "1-888-88-DREAM." The same number was also shared by Cole's Dreamville labelmates, Bas, Cozz, and Omen. 1-888-88-DREAM — J. Cole (@JColeNC) December 7, 2015 1-888-88-DREAM
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.