J. Cole News

  • 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.
  • Lyrics Of The Week: July 5-11
    Lyrics Of The Week: July 5-11
    Jul 12, 2013 at 03:57pm
    There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.  Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section. Lines we're not quite sure about will be bolded.  
  • BTS Photos: Video Shoot For J. Cole's "Crooked Smile"
    BTS Photos: Video Shoot For J. Cole's "Crooked Smile"
    Jul 11, 2013 at 11:20am
    J. Cole, whose album Born Sinner is currently the #1 album on the Billboard 200, has been spotted out in NYC shooting a music video for his single "Crooked Smile." The video is directed by Aristotle. No signs of TLC in the photos though. Check out some photos from the set in the gallery above. 
  • Wale Talks Jay-Z, Nas & Kanye Comparisons With Himself, J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar, Speaks On Lil Snupe
    Wale Talks Jay-Z, Nas & Kanye Comparisons With Himself, J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar, Speaks On Lil Snupe
    Jul 11, 2013 at 10:30am
    Wale was praised by Jay-Z yesterday during his Breakfast Club Interview, when Hov named Wale as a rapper who would still be around in ten years from now. Wale seems to be of a similar opinion as Jay, whose label Roc Nation manages Wale. In an interview with Baltimore, Maryland's 92Q radio station Wale discusses comparions to Jay-Z and Nas, as well as how J.
  • J. Cole Tops Charts, "Yeezus" Sits At Number Three
    J. Cole Tops Charts, "Yeezus" Sits At Number Three
    Jul 9, 2013 at 07:31pm
    After 3 weeks of battling with Kanye West, and later Wale, J. Cole's Born Sinner has topped the Billboard charts. Reportedly moving 55,000 units, Cole's album dropped 33% from last week but still edged out its competitors.
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