J. Cole

Dec
17
J. Cole Scores Biggest Hip-Hop Debut of 2014

J. Cole

Cole world. J. Cole rules the Billboard 200 this week as his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive enters at No. 1.

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Dec
11
J. Cole Reveals His Top 5 Rappers

J. Cole

J. Cole is well on his way to earning a spot in hip-hop’s hall of fame, but who are his favorite MCs of all time? While promoting his new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, Cole paid a visit to Angie Martinez on Power 105.1 on Thursday, where he revealed his top 5.

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Dec
10
J. Cole Performs ‘Be Free’ on ‘Letterman’

J. Cole

With 2014 Forest Hills Drive in stores, J. Cole paid a visit to “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday. But instead of performing a song off his new album, he paid tribute to Mike Brown and Eric Garner with “Be Free,” a song that he released in August. Clad in all black, Cole closed his eyes as he delivered the emotional lyrics, and debuted some new bars.

“Forget this chain ’cause this ain’t me / Though I’m eternally grateful to Jay Z,” he raps.

2014 Forest Hills Drive is expected to sell 320-350k in its first week, but Cole brushed off the projections.

“Album in stores now. 2014 Forest Hills Drive. No thank you on projections. Just did Letterman, I’ll never forget it. Thank you God,” he tweeted.

Watch his powerful performance below.

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Dec
9
Video: J. Cole – ‘Apparently’

Apparently

Fresh off the release of 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole drops a visual for the first release “Apparently,” which follows last week’s “Intro” clip. The Fayetteville MC stands in front of a projection screen, while reflecting on his childhood and his homecoming.

“This is my canvas, I’ma paint it how I want it,” raps Cole.

The album, which can be streamed here, is expected to sell 240-270k in its first week.

It has already earned praise from critics and his peers. “Wowwwww this album is a classic!!!!!!!!!” said Timbaland.

Tune in to “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Wednesday for a performance from Cole.

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Dec
9
Rap-Up TV: Jeremih Talks J. Cole, Nicki Minaj Collaborations

2014 has been good to Jeremih. The R&B crooner scored a platinum hit with his DJ Mustard-produced single “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Now he hopes to carry the momentum into the new year with the release of his third album Late Nights. After a few delays, the album is set to drop around Valentine’s Day.

Fresh off the stage at Cali Christmas, Jeremih explained the reason for the pushbacks. “I’ma blame it on me looking in the mirror,” he said.

He has collaborated with J. Cole on “Planes,” which he plans to drop in the next two to three weeks. He described the record as “eclectic, something you ain’t never heard before.”

Plus, look for him on “Want Some More” and “Favorite” off Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, due December 15.

“She the baddest. I’m surprised in this whole wide world there’s nobody that can compete,” he said of the rap queen. “To work with a woman like her is definitely dope.”

Dec
9
Stream J. Cole’s Album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

2014 Forest Hills Drive

With no singles and little promotion, J. Cole released his third studio album 2014 Forest Hills Drive on Tuesday. The 29-year-old North Carolina MC returns to his roots on the follow-up to 2013′s Born Sinner, which was inspired by his childhood home.

Cole does away with features and relies on himself for the 13 introspective tracks. He calls out Eminem, Iggy Azalea, and other white artists on “Fire Squad,” asks “What’s the price for a black man life?” on the Ferguson-inspired “January 28th,” and shows off his storytelling skills on “Wet Dreamz.”

The album, which is already No. 1 on iTunes, has been receiving favorable reviews from critics. USA Today gave it 2.5 out of 4 stars, while the Los Angeles Times awarded it 3 out of 4.

Stream 2014 Forest Hills Drive below via Spotify and purchase it here.

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Dec
6
J. Cole, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, & T.I. Perform at Cali Christmas 2014

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The stars got turned up for the holidays at Power 106′s annual Cali Christmas in Inglewood on Friday. The star-studded concert, which was streamed live, kicked off with performances from Tinashe, G-Eazy, Kalin and Myles, Lil Jon, and Kid Ink.

Big Sean decked the halls of The Forum with “Dance (A$$)” and his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced anthem “IDFWU,” with a surprise appearance from E-40.

Chris Brown and Trey Songz gave fans a peek into their upcoming “Between the Sheets Tour” with a joint set. Trigga was joined by Ty Dolla Sign (“Paranoid”) and Jeremih (“Don’t Tell ‘Em”), while Breezy brought out Kid Ink for “Show Me.”

The King himself, T.I., held court onstage with new and old hits including “Whatever You Like” and “No Mediocre,” and welcomed French Montana for “Don’t Panic,” while his on-again, off-again girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was backstage.

J. Cole capped off the evening with a 30-minute set of hits including “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough.” He brought out his Dreamville signee Bas for “My Ni**a Just Made Bail” and performed “Fire Squad” off his brand new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

“This album that’s coming Tuesday is some shit that’s gon’ live forever. I promise ya’ll that,” he told the crowd before closing out his set with “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip.”

If you missed any of the action, catch highlights below.

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