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.
J. Cole Takes Shots At Iggy Azalea, Eminem & Macklemore On "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Leak
J. Cole is going a unique route with his upcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He's shying away from traditional promo and album campaign, instead getting the fans directly involved by hosting a listening session at his childhood home (which the LP is named after) and inviting fans to come through. He's also not dropping any singles leading up to the December 9th release date.
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..."
Stream J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
On November 14, J. Cole shocked the rap world with the announcement that his third solo album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, would be hitting stores before the end of 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, the day foretold has finally arrived. Available for streaming now on Spotify, the new record features no credited guest appearances, almost guaranteeing that the release is the emcee's most personal to date. While Cole may handle all of the mic work on this one, the project is far from a solo effort, however.
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.
First Week Album Sales Are Here For Kanye West, J. Cole & Mac Miller [Update: Official SoundScan Numbers Revealed]
Here's what everyone's been waiting for. The first week sales for all those albums that dropped on June 18th have come in! Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all dropped an album last week, and although all three albums had leaked prior, each rapper nonetheless moved a solid amount. The numbers line up with the projections as well.
J. Cole Reveals "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Tracklist
Amazon was a little ahead of J. Cole in announcing his surprise third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, putting up a pre-order page before the rapper was able to announce it. Once again, the digital retailer is the first to break the news of the album's tracklist, posting an image of the record's back cover today.
J. Cole Is Secretly A Married Man
Sorry ladies, J Cole is off the market… officially now. Last year, news surfaced that J Cole had been reportedly engaged to his longtime girlfriend, but now it turns out they actually took that leap of faith together.
Review: J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
J. Cole has come a long way from rapping about how to get up off the sideline. Three albums in, with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the “God” is home. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native composed an honest, nostalgic album without any apologies. Cole typically plays it safe, straddling the fence of a conscious rapper who can still create commercial hits and enjoy a good romp in the bed.
Nia Long Responds To J. Cole Saying He Was "Too Young" For Her On "No Role Modelz"
Actress Nia Long sat down with Larry King recently, and King, a noted hip-hop enthusiast, asked her about why she has been mentioned in so many hip-hop songs. She explained that hip-hop began blowing up around the same time as black actors like herself were starting to land major roles, and thus, rappers often saw her as a symbol of success. Her good looks probably didn't hurt either. King went on to mention that the most recent rapper to namedrop Nia Long in a song is J. Cole, who, on the 2014 Forest Hills Drive song "No Role Modelz," rapped:
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)".
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.
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.
Trick-Trick Suggests Banning J. Cole From Detroit Following Eminem "Diss"
Trick-Trick may be a rapper, but he's primarily known as the creator of the "No Fly Zone" policy that he enforces in his hometown of Detroit. Trick has been known to ban rappers from the city if they do not actively support the Detroit rap scene or collaborate with artists from the region. We most recently saw some conflict arise from this when Rick Ross attempted to play a show in Michigan, but it appears J.
First Week Sales Projections For Kanye West, J. Cole, & Mac Miller [Update: More Accurate Numbers Revealed]
Kanye West, J. Cole, and Mac Miller are all gearing up to release new albums next Tuesday, and as of today all three projects have leaked. The availability of the music only furthers the anticipation for next week, as we predict how much each artist will sell.
Jay Electronica Disses Drake & J. Cole During Live Show
In hip hop, one of the most important factors in determining an artist's legacy and greatness is still the album. Although some would argue that the medium is past its prime, debates about "legends" or even "best rappers alive" usually involve the artists' discography, which is why this latest Jay Electronica story is so hilarious. During a performance in London last night, the albumless wonder called himself "the God of hip hop" and sent shots at two artists in competition for that title, Drake and J. Cole.
Lil Yachty Explains "Fuck J. Cole" Tweet
When you become an overnight rap sensation, you have to deal with the prying eyes (*trolls*) of the internet going to great lengths to dig up your past in hopes of uncovering something incriminating. Social media is often the first place to look. Awhile back a bunch of rappers' old tweets started going viral and making the news cycle, and recently Yachty's had a few from his youth surface as well.
A History Of Drake's Non-Album Singles
With Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently becoming his biggest hit to date, the rapper seems to have mastered the art of the standalone single. Drizzy has been using loose tracks as a means to promote his albums for a few years now, and he's only become more generous with the release of singles since the launch of his OVO Radio show.
J. Cole Writes Sincere Apology Letter For Lyric On "Jodeci" [Update: Drake Issues Apology]
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.
Are Drake & J Cole Going On A Summer Tour?
On this morning's episode of Ebro in the Morning, Ebro mentioned that he heard a rumor that a announcement will be made later this week regarding a Drake X J. Cole summer tour. Ebro, who is employed by Hot 97 and Apple Music, has deep ties in the music industry, so his claim could hold water.