It's Yo Birthday: Top 25 J. Cole Tracks
J. Cole has so far clocked up a very commendable discography of 3 mixtapes, 2 EPs and 2 studio albums. For the North Carolina rapper, the grind has been very real, starting off as a young age creating tracks in his bedroom and hungry for a deal. His hard work would eventually pay off, capturing the attention of Jay Z and signing one hell of deal with Roc Nation.
Jay-Z, Rihanna, J. Cole, T.I., Grimes And More Attend Roc Nation's Pre-Grammy Brunch
On Saturday, Jay-Z, in his annual tradition, celebrated the GRAMMYs a day early at what must be one of the most exciting brunches known to man. This year, Roc Nation artists have together tallied nine nominations, which would be no easy feat for labels other than the highly regarded Roc Nation. From comedian Kevin Hart and the elegant Rihanna to T.I. and indie-songstress Grimes (not to mention a chipper-looking J. Cole) the brunch certainly seemed like the place to be last Saturday. However, while the atmosphere seemed celebratory, the GRAMMY awards still await us.
J. Cole Honors Nas In Speech At Vibe Impact Awards
J. Cole's idolization of Nas is no big secret, and the respect has also been returned from Esco himself, who hopped on Cole's "Let Nas Down" joint to express his admiration for the NC rapper. Well, Cole has made Nas proud yet again, making a very personal speech at this year's Vibe Impact Awards, which honored the Queensbridge rapper.
Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, The Roots & More To Perform At Super Bowl Events
Earlier this week, we learned that Diddy's Revolt TV will be hosting a show at Time Warner Cable Studios in New York City during the Super Bowl, which he'll be headlining alongside Drake, Funkmaster Flex and DJ Ross One.
Kendrick Lamar Speaks On J. Cole's "Control" Response
There were certainly a lot of "Control" responses within the weeks of Kendrick Lamar's infamous verse, but not one from the actual rappers mentioned. Better late than never, J. Cole offered a unique response (or moreso a reaction) to the call-out this month, with a guest verse on Justin Timberlake's "TKO (Remix)".
Live Stream Power 106 L.A.'s Cali Christmas Concert, Feat. Black Hippy, J. Cole, 2 Chainz & More
Power 106 Los Angeles' annual Cali Christmas concert just kicked off at the Honda Center in Anaheim, folks. The event is being headlined by TDE's Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul) and features performances from Rick Ross, J. Cole, 2 Chainz, B.o.B, Kid Ink, DJ Mustard, Teefli, Ty Dolla $ign and Sage the Gemini as well. Stream the concert and peep the set times below:
Rumor: Did J. Cole Get Engaged?
Currently rumors are swirling that J. Cole has got engaged to his college sweetheart. The Cole World rapper has always kept his personal life relatively low-key, although he has mentioned his lady, Melissa Heholt, in an interview or two in the past, there are still not many details about the two. Now it appears as though the couple could be making things official, following in the footsteps of both Kanye West and Future.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 25- Dec. 1
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features J. Cole, Gucci Mane, Mac Miller and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in the comments.
J. Cole On "Rich Niggaz": "I Used To Have Such A Problem With People With Money"
J. Cole's "Rich Niggaz" was one of the highlights from Born Sinner, dealing with some fairly personal subject matter for the rapper. The track finds Cole expressing his frustration with those who grew up privileged, while he struggled financially. In an interview with HardKnockTV, the Roc Nation rapper further broke down the inspiration for the song.
Straight Stuntin': 20 Hip-Hop Tracks About Chains
Whether it’s in gold, rose-gold, platinum or diamond-filled, rappers have often spared no expense when it comes to buying their chains. It is by no doubt an important symbol in hip hop that continuously crops up in rap music. It’s easy to dismiss the obsession with chains as pure materialism. But this list of tracks certainly shows that hip hop’s love affair with this possession is a little more complex than meets the eye.
J. Cole Announces "What Dreams May Come Tour" With Wale [Update: More North American Tour Dates Added]
J. Cole and Wale just released a pretty huge track together, but it seems they have a little bit more up their sleeve. J. Cole just tweeted what appears to be the flyer for an upcoming tour with himself and Wale. Cole has also announced the first wave of dates for the "What Dreams May Come Tour," which kicks off September 10th in Miami. Check out the flyer, and initial list of dates in the gallery above, and listen to the duo's most recent collaboration below.
Power 106 Announces J. Cole, TDE, 2 Chainz & More To Perform At Cali Christmas Concert
Now that Halloween is over, it's time to begin that Christmas promo. Power 106 kicked it off immediately by announcing the line up for this year's Calli Christmas concert. The year they've announced that J. Cole, Kid Ink, B.o.B, 2 Chainz, DJ Mustard (with TeeFlii, Ty Dolla $ign & Sage The Gemini), Rick Ross and the TDE crew (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul & ScHoolboy Q) will all be performing. Tickets go on sale November 10th at 10am. Check out their video announcement below.
Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Action Bronson & 360 To Join Eminem On Australian Tour
Showbiz.com.au has just revealed the details of a brief Australian tour Eminem will embark on in February 2014. He'll be joined by Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Action Bronson, 360 and Kendrick Lamar, which is a dope lineup, to say the least. The official statement reads: "EMINEM has handpicked the now, and the next, for the debut dose of Rapture."
8 Iconic Hip-Hop Tours
Expectations are high for both Drake's "Would You Like A Tour" and Kanye West's "Yeezus" tour, which kick off this weekend, so we've decided to take a look back at some of the most iconic hip hop tours in history. While there are plenty of festivals and performances that will never be forgotten, we're focusing solely on tours, from Yeezy and Jay Z's Watch The Throne stint, to Diddy's No Way Out, as well as tours including Eminem, Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and more!
J. Cole May Have Another TLC Collaboration In The Works
J. Cole's already fulfilled a childhood dream of working with TLC on his recent hit "Crooked Smile," and according to the NC rapper, another collaboration with Chilli and T-Boz may be in the works.
J. Cole Responds To Criticisms That He's "Boring"
J. Cole is definitely winning in most regards. This year he's outsold Kanye West, took over urban radio with "Power Trip," and been mentioned in Kendrick's now ubiquitous "Control" verse. Still, the rapper gets his share of criticisms. One of which that turns up almost exclusively is that his music is "boring". J.
Most Educated Rappers
With school back in session, we've decided to take a look at some of the rappers with college educations. Ashlee Ray goes through the list of both graduates, and College Dropouts in her latest video. Some of them may surprise you! Check it out below.
Photos: A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar & More Perform At Rock The Bells 2013 In L.A.
Rock The Bells hit Los Angeles over the weekend to kick off the festival, and HotNewHipHop was in attendance. The L.A. line-up included Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and his Mob, J. Cole, the Black Hippy crew and many, many more. For a small taste of what the event was like, peep the photos in the gallery above. Will you be attending Rock The Bells in San Francisco, New York or Washingotn, D.C.?
J. Cole Talks About How Sha Money XL Tried To Get 50 Cent To Sign Him
J. Cole collaborated with 50 Cent this past year for "New York Times," a bonus track on Born Sinner. This was our first taste of a 50 x Cole collaboration, but what would it have been like if Cole and Fif were frequent collaborators?
Hottest Tracks Of The Summer 2013
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!