J. Cole Announces "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Album, Releases Artwork
There was some speculation made earlier today that J. Cole would be releasing a new album before the year was out. Those predictions have been confirmed. Now available for pre-order on iTunes, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is officially slated for a December 9th release date, putting Cole head-to-head with Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V.
Is There A J. Cole Album Coming In December? Fans Seem To Think So
J. Cole may be taking the increasingly popular surprise (or alternatively, "Beyonce style!") approach to releasing his new album, at least according to the impressive internet sleuths (but also known trolls) at KanyeToThe.
Jeremih Reveals "Late Nights" Cover Art [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
Jeremih has scored yet another Gold certification with the YG-featuring "Don't Tell 'Em." The singer's fourth solo track to become certified, the single joins "Down On Me" (2x Platinum), "Birthday Sex" (1x Platinum), and "I'mma Star" (Gold) on his wall of plaques.
Review: Cozz's "Cozz & Effect"
You can feel Cozz's hunger when listening to his music. It's easy to understand why J. Cole would want the youngster out of LA on his Dreamville/Interscope Label. Cozz has the lyrical trappings of a rapstar in the making. Cozz & Effect articulates his struggles, most sincere dreams, and honest opinion on everything from living with moms', to wasting time chasing sex, and an earnest desire to help his family and community.
Samples of The Week: October 9
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". This week, see who Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky and Cozz & J. Cole sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Power 105.1 Announces Powerhouse 2014 Line Up: J. Cole, Jeezy, T.I. & More [Update: Chris Brown & Trey Songz Added]
This morning Power 105.1 announced the line-up for their annual Powerhouse concert in New York City. The radio station has tapped some NYC natives and some West Coast favorites for the big event, which goes down on Thursday, October 30th at the Barclays Center. J. Cole, Jeezy, Kid Ink, T.I., Childish Gambino, French Montana, Migos, Ne-Yo, Tinashe and man-of-the-moment Bobby Shmurda will all be performing at Powerhouse 2014.
Stream Cozz's Debut On Dreamville, "Cozz & Effect"
Last night at midnight, Cozz's debut album via the Dreamville imprint hit iTunes. While originally slated to be a mixtape, it appears the project is now just a commercial release-- rightly so, as it is all original production as well as a few stand-out features, including one from the Cole World rapper himself, J. Cole.
Hands Up: Street Anthems 4 Justice
Hip-Hop emerged out of a collective struggle against oppression, poverty, and pain. Recently, rappers have been teaming up in order to promote an end to police brutality, even raising money for victims like Mike Brown, and spreading digital campaigns to promote awareness of the issue. This isn't the first time we've seen rappers speak up against violence in their music, so we've gathered several examples from recent times as well as the past in this list.
Jeremih Teases New Single Featuring J. Cole "Planes"
Jeremih is on a roll. After "Don't Tell 'Em" hit gold, the r'n'b singer dropped off an official remix of the record enlisting Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana for additional verses. Now he's teasing the artwork for the next single we can expect off of his upcoming album Late Night
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.