J. Cole

Mar
27
J. Cole, Big Sean Empower Youth at We Day California

J. Cole

Big Sean and J. Cole helped celebrate change at the first-ever We Day California, the world’s largest youth empowerment event, at Oakland’s Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

The rappers pitched in alongside Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Magic Johnson, and Orlando Bloom to inspire 16,000 youth from over 400 schools across California to take action on local and global causes.

Big Sean hit the stage to perform his empowering track “Nothing Is Stopping You” and “Beware” as the students and teachers sang along.

“Karma is real. How you act and treat people will come back to you,” said the Detroit MC, who celebrated his 26th birthday this week.

The festivities closed out with J. Cole, who rocked the house with his uplifting single “Crooked Smile.”

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Feb
14
Video: J. Cole – ‘She Knows’

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Following the powerful videos for “Power Trip” and “Crooked Smile,” J. Cole makes another movie for his latest Born Sinner single “She Knows” featuring Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman and Cults.

In the cinematic clip, a teenager discovers that his mother (played by Rochelle Aytes) is having an affair, while he too is hiding his own secrets from his family.

He steals money from his father and ditches school with his friend to drink, smoke, and skateboard. But he’s caught by the cops and makes a run for home, where he finds his mom cheating on his dad with none other than J. Cole. He returns home, all while keeping his and her secrets to himself.

Watch the scandal and suspense unfold.

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Feb
5
Video: Yo Gotti f/ J. Cole – ‘Cold Blood’

Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti returns to his roots in the powerful video for “Cold Blood” featuring J. Cole and Canei Finch. The Southern MC tells his tale of survival as he walks the streets of Memphis, visiting the local barbershop and reminiscing on friends lost, while Cole recounts his own journey.

“Cold Blood” can be found on Yo Gotti’s latest album I AM, which also features Meek Mill, T.I., Wale, and more.

See them salute their fallen soldiers in the introspective clip.

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Feb
4
Video: Yo Gotti f/ J. Cole – ‘Cold Blood’ [Teaser]

Yo Gotti

Yo Gotti returns to the streets that raised him in the video for his introspective I AM single “Cold Blood” featuring J. Cole. The Memphis rapper reflects on his past while paying a visit to the barbershop in the clip, which was shot in L.A.

The full video will premiere tomorrow on “106 & Park,” followed by the VEVO premiere on Thursday.

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Jan
29
Jay Z Presents J. Cole With His Original Roc-A-Fella Chain

J. Cole and Jay Z

The Roc was in the building when J. Cole brought his “What Dreams May Come” tour to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Tuesday. The North Carolina rapper, who celebrated his 29th birthday, was joined onstage by his mentor Jay Z, who performed “Public Service Announcement” and presented his protégé with his original Roc-A-Fella Records chain.

“It’s his birthday, but he giving out gifts. So I think it’s only right that you get a gift,” said Jay. “That on your neck is my original Roc chain and it’s yours.”

“This is unreal,” responded Cole, who thanked him and asked for one more birthday gift, that he perform “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt.”

During “Forbidden Fruit,” the birthday boy boasted about selling more albums than Kanye West’s Yeezus, rapping, “Fucked around and sold more albums than Kanye.”

Fresh from the Grammys, Kendrick Lamar surprised the crowd with his verse and also performed “Backseat Freestyle” as the crowd cheered.

Earlier in the day, Cole dropped his free mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers and announced his Dreamville label with Interscope Records. The first signee is Paris-born rapper Bas.

Watch Cole celebrate his birthday onstage with his friends and fans.

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Jan
28
New Mixtape: J. Cole – ‘Revenge of the Dreamers’

Revenge of the Dreamers

J. Cole celebrates his 29th birthday by dropping his free mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers. The 11 tracks include appearances from his Dreamville family including Bas and Omen, plus the original version of “Crooked Smile.” He raps over Tupac’s “Ambitionz az a Ridah” (“Lil’ Niggaz”) and samples Miguel’s “Do You…” (“Lit”).

He has also launched his own Dreamville label with Interscope Records.

“This shit started back in ’07 summertime. Muhammad crib,” said Cole. “Dreamville partnered with Interscope Records (RIP Pac!). Congrats to the Dreamville staff, the movement. This is only the beginning. Enjoy the tape!”

Stream and download his gift below.

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Jan
28
J. Cole Kicks Off VH1 ‘Super Bowl Blitz’

J. Cole

J. Cole kicked off Super Bowl week and celebrated his birthday by headlining VH1′s “Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts” on Monday. Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, the first of six concerts took place at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Cole’s old stomping ground of Queens, New York.

The Roc Nation rapper, who turns 29 today, opened his set with “Trouble” and served up hit after hit including “Work Out,” “Crooked Smile,” and his latest Born Sinner single “She Knows.”

Before Bruno Mars plays the halftime show at Sunday’s big game, Janelle Monáe will perform with Big Boi at Lehman College in the Bronx on Tuesday and TLC will be joined by Nelly and Dougie Fresh at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre on Thursday.

Watch highlights from Cole’s pre-game set below.

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