J. Cole

Nov
24
J. Cole Gives a Tour of His Childhood Home

J. Cole

In anticipation of his upcoming third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole gave Complex a tour of his three-bedroom, two-bath childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he lived with his mother and brother.

“This is the first house I ever owned in my life and it just happens to be the last house I grew up in,” said Cole of the 1,698-square-foot crib that he purchased in June of this year for $121,000.

He showed off his bedroom, which he recreated to look like the room he grew up in. “I tried to get as accurate as possible, messy,” he said.

Cole used to rap in the mirror and write his rhymes in that room. “I became way more introspective. This is where I started dreaming the dream.”

He cut pictures of his favorite rappers out of magazines and put up posters on the wall. He begged his mother to buy him a beat machine and she eventually did, and that’s when he started making his own beats.

But despite all the fame and fortune that would follow, he realized that the materialistic things were only temporary, and the love for his family and music was the most important.

“That’s what buying this house represented for me,” he explained. “It was validation, it was vindication for them foreclosing this place [on] my mom, and it was also a symbol for me like I know what’s important. You can’t run from home.”

Cole plans to allow a family to move in to the house “very close to rent free” every two years.

Take a trip down memory lane with Jermaine Cole.

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Nov
20
J. Cole Surprises Fan with House Visit, Plays New Album

J. Cole

J. Cole is taking the grassroots approach with 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The Dreamville rapper surprised one lucky fan and played her his new album nearly three weeks before its release.

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Nov
16
J. Cole Announces New Album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

2014 Forest Hills Drive

It’s official. In just three weeks, J. Cole will release his third album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

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Nov
16
Is J. Cole Releasing a New Album in December?

2014 Forest Hills Drive

Does J. Cole have a big surprise in store for his fans? It appears as though the Roc Nation rapper is gearing up to release his third album next month.

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Oct
22
New Music: Jessie Ware f/ J. Cole – ‘Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe (Remix)’

Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe (Remix)

Following his remix to Maroon 5’s “Animals,” J. Cole puts his stamp on British songstress Jessie Ware’s single “Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe.” The Dreamville captain blesses the soulful track with a slick verse and blasts the fakes (titties and ass included).

The original song, co-written by Miguel and BenZel (Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch), can be found on Jessie’s album Tough Love, available now.

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Oct
20
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., & J. Cole Join Cali Christmas Lineup

Cali Christmas 2014

The stars are coming to Cali this Christmas. L.A. radio station Power 106 has announced the lineup for its annual Cali Christmas concert.

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Oct
2
New Music: Cozz f/ J. Cole – ‘Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)’

Cozz N Effect

J. Cole joins his Dreamville signee Cozz on a remix to the South Central rapper’s standout cut “Knock Tha Hustle.” On his introspective verse, the North Carolina MC blasts Oprah (“Oprah hate ni**as / Make no mistake, still we hope to make over eight figures”) and reflects on his brother going to jail (“I’ll never admit it, tryna get my brother acquitted”).

Cole originally planned to guest on “Western Ave. Slaves,” but after hearing the song in his car, he changed his mind.

Cozz’ debut album Cozz & Effect is available now featuring 12 tracks including the single “Dreams.”

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