Krayzie And Bizzy Bone Will Be On J. Cole's New Album
Although he recently shared a track that responded to the Michael Brown shooting, J. Cole hasn't given us any details about his follow-up to last year's Born Sinner. The first bit of information we've gotten about that upcoming album comes from Steve Lobel, manager of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, who just revealed that Krayzie and Bizzy Bone will be on Cole's next project.
Samples Of The Week: August 21
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
J. Cole Visits Ferguson
Just days after releasing his heartfelt tribute to fallen teenager Mike Brown, J. Cole has paid a visit to Ferguson, MO, to commemorate the victim at the scene of his shooting. Based on the video footage that has appeared on various social networks, the experience appears to have been an extremely humbling one for Cole. He took time to hear stories from the town's protestors before ultimately visiting Brown's memorial.
Usher, J. Cole, 50 Cent & More Perform At Drake's OVO Fest
Drake always makes sure to keep the surprises coming at his annual OVO Fest, and this year is no exception. So far, he's brought out plenty of guests, including YG for "Who Do You Love", Lauryn Hill, who sang back up on "Days In The East", and Usher who performed a selection of hits like "Climax" and "Confessions". Other guests have included the likes of Jhene Aiko, J. Cole, PartyNextDoor, Tinashe, and more.
Drake Calls Himself & J. Cole The "Two Kings" Of The Rap Game During L.A. Show
Earlier today we posted footage from J. Cole's "Dollar And A Dream" tour finale in Los Angeles last night. The ColeWorld MC went out with a bang, performing two shows in one night, with each show seeing a different surprise guest: Kendrick Lamar and Drake. We saw brief footage from K. Dot's time on stage, and now plenty of Instagram clips are circulating from Drizzy's time on stage.
Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller At BK Hip Hop Festival [Update: Raekwon Brings Out Bobby Shmurda]
The 10th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is going down today in Williamsburg, and so far, Jay Electronica's set was the most surprising. Jay Elec performing alone in itself is quite a rare sight, but the elusive rapper made sure to up the ante of his set with a few big name guest appearances.
J. Cole Signs Cozz To Dreamville/Interscope Imprint [Update: Cozz Speaks On Being Signed]
It looks like J. Cole is adding some more talent to his Dreamville Imprint. Earlier today, Jermaine confirmed that he has signed L.A. rapper, Cozz. Cozz, a South Central, Los Angeles rapper, took to twitter earlier today to celebrate his new deal, typing “All I can say is thank GOD, tha whole committee squad, and @JColeNC for tha opportunity..tha take over begins #dreamville #committee." Cozz’s current & only single is appropriately titled “Dreams” and can be seen below. Look for his debut release, Cozz & Effect, to drop later this Summer.
J. Cole Releases Letter For The Fifth Anniversary Of "The Warm Up" [Update: Tour Schedule Announced]
On the fifth anniversary of his breakthrough mixtape, The Warm Up, J. Cole has released a message for the fans who have been there for him since the beginning. Posted on the rapper's official website, the text finds Cole talking about the development of that original project and how the music elevated him in the industry.
J. Cole Challenged Jay Z To Hop On His Songs In 2009 (Unearthed Video)
On Sunday at 7:30 PM, MTV will air J. Cole's The Warm Up: 5 Years Later, a documentary that looks at J. Cole's mercurial rise to the top, and today they've released some previously-unseen footage of Cole in 2009 saying some pretty bold stuff.
J. Cole Recalls Appearing On MTV's "My Super Sweet Sixteen" In 2006
Now that we can very easily go back and see exactly what came out 5, 10, 15, or 20 years ago to the day, anniversary pieces are happening more than ever. While we've seen plenty of written retrospectives this year, it now seems as though the anniversary craze is crossing over into TV.
J. Cole Announces Second Annual "Dollar & A Dream" Tour
It looks like J. Cole is hitting the road again this summer, and at a bargain rate again. The Roc Nation artist announced late Tuesday night that he will be embarking on the second annual “Dollar & A Dream Tour.” Expected to hit major cities across the U.S., this summer’s tour celebrates the 5 year anniversary of Jermaine's breakthrough mixtape The Warm Up. To pay homage to the project, the North Carolina rapper will be performing all 22 songs off the 2009 project during his upcoming tour.
Wale Is Working With J. Cole & DJ Premier On "The Album About Nothing"
Wale recently made headlines for an altercation he had with a Twitter troll, who he approached IRL at a WWE match this weekend, leading to a bit of a scuffle. While he's still having a tough time controlling his temper, the DC has still found time to work steadily on his 4th official project, The Album About Nothing.
Outkast, J. Cole, Childish Gambino & More To Perform At Osheaga Music Festival
Osheaga music festival seems to be getting more rap-oriented every year. The official flyer for the event was released today, and while Oukast's name at the top of the bill was of no surprise, the many rappers that followed were pretty unexpected. On top of the legendary duo, the rapper/producer lineup will feature the likes of J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, Kid Ink, Bas, Slohmo, and Ryan Hemsworth.
J. Cole Kicks Off Third-Annual Dreamville Weekend
J. Cole's Dreamville Foundation has been hosting a charity event known as the 'Dreamville Weekend' annually for the past two years, and 2014 will be no exception. Kicking off today (March 6th), the event will be going on in the rapper's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina until Saturday March 8th. The weekend will consist of various events, including a discussion of the young adult nove, "Tyrell" with author Coe Booth, and 'Appreciation Dinner' which spotlights leaders in the community.
Kanye West, Drake, OutKast & More To Perform At 2014 Wireless Festival [Update: J. Cole, 2 Chainz Announced]
This year's Wireless Festival which takes place in the UK has quite the list of headliners. The newly-reunited OutKast will be hitting the festival as part of their 40-date festival run, alongside Kanye West, Drake and Pharrell. The show goes down at both London’s Finsbury Park and Birmingham’s Perry Park through out July 4th-6th. Apart from those headliners, Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze, Chance The Rapper, Azealia Banks, Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Ferg, Salt N Peppa and more were tapped to hit the stage.
J. Cole Discusses How The Dreamville Imprint Came About
J. Cole made the announcement of his Dreamville imprint on the day of his birth, January 28th, the same day he delivered his compilation Revenge Of The Dreamers, to immediately set things off.
Review: J. Cole's "Revenge of the Dreamers" Compilation
With this month’s release of his compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers, it’s clear that 29 is J. Cole’s lucky number. The recording artist and producer turned 29 this year, on the 29th of January, and on that same day tweeted publicly to announce the launch of his label Dreamville, partnering with Interscope Records. His recent release of this compilation project celebrates the new chapter in his career, and it features Dreamville artists as well as J.
Mase Recalls Wanting To Hit J. Cole
Mase is gradually making his way back into the game, but he still feels a bit of a disconnect with the younger generation of artists. In an interview with Detroit's 107.5FM, he spoke of a few of the younger rappers he's currently listening to, which included Drake and Kanye West, but when he got to J. Cole's name, he brought up a story in which he considered hitting the NC rapper.
Chaining Day: Roc-A-Fella
Chaining days have always been a great ritual in hip-hop. So much so, that Kanye West made it the grande finale of his music video for "Through The Wire", his first major single. Last night bossman Jay Z of ROCNATION presented J. Cole with an original Roc-A-Fella chain. A sign of respect and gift for the 29th birthday of the rapper. Do you remember who else has a Roc-A-Fella chain? We put together a photo gallery of photos from the past that may surprise you. Make sure you make it to the very end of the galleries to watch Kanye West's chaining day and EPK.
J. Cole Speaks On His New Dreamville Imprint
As we reported last night, J. Cole has announced the official launch of his Dreamville imprint, which will host his Dreamvillain artists whom we've become familiar with through Cole, such as Bas and Omen.