J. Cole

Nov
6
J. Cole Performs ‘Crooked Smile’ on ‘Letterman’

J. Cole

After wrapping his “What Dreams May Come” tour last month, J. Cole delivered an encore performance during “Live on Letterman.” He dug into his catalog during the mini-concert, which was streamed online.

He also taped a performance of his single “Crooked Smile” for “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Accompanied by a string section, the Roc Nation MC commanded the stage with the empowering song off his sophomore album Born Sinner.

He will kick off the European leg of his tour on Nov. 10.

Watch Cole bring his “Crooked Smile” to “Letterman.”

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Oct
25
New Music: Yo Gotti f/ J. Cole – ‘Cold Blood’

I Am

Following “King Sh*t” with T.I., Yo Gotti links with J. Cole for their soulful collaboration “Cold Blood.”

The Memphis rapper’s album I AM is due November 19 featuring Ne-Yo, T.I., and Jeezy.

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Oct
24
J. Cole Returns to Queens for MTV’s ‘Life & Rhymes’

J. Cole

J. Cole has come a long way from being broke to scoring two No. 1 albums. The Roc Nation MC reflects on his humble beginnings on the MTV special “Life & Rhymes.” In the nine-minute episode, Cole returns to his old stomping ground of Jamaica, Queens.

He takes viewers to the apartment, known as Mohammed’s crib, which he lived in during and after his graduation from St. John’s University.

“Waking up in this every day is so far from where I wanted to be, but this is the room where it started feeling real,” said Cole.

But his landlord, Mohammed, believed in him and let him and his homeboys live rent free. “This man let me stack up my rent to the ceiling,” he said.

So when he finally made it, he paid him in full.

He also details the making of his TLC-assisted single “Crooked Smile.” “It was really a journey to make that song,” said Cole of the empowering record. “I’ve never worked this hard on a song.”

Watch Cole’s homecoming and hear him break down the lyrics to “Crooked Smile” on “Life & Rhymes: J. Cole.”

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Oct
21
Eminem to Headline Australia’s ‘Rapture’ Tour with Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole

Rapture 2014

Eminem is headed Down Under and he’s bringing some friends with him. The Detroit rapper will headline Australia’s “Rapture” tour next year.

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Oct
18
New Music: DJ Khaled f/ J. Cole & Bas – ‘Hell’s Kitchen’

J. Cole

J. Cole digs deep in his thoughts on the introspective “Hell’s Kitchen.” The dark track, which features his Dreamville artist Bas, appears on DJ Khaled’s upcoming album Suffering From Success (Oct. 22).

The Roc Nation rapper contemplates fake friends, failure (“My next album flop then I’m going pop like Nelly”), and the price of fame over the ominous beat.

“Ni**a fuck you and your fake well wishin’/ Now get out of Hell’s Kitchen,” raps Cole, who is currently on his “What Dreams May Come” tour with Wale.

Take a trip to “Hell’s Kitchen” with Cole.

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Sep
21
Chris Brown, Drake, J. Cole, Kelly Rowland, & TLC Hit Vegas for iHeartRadio Festival

Katy Perry and Drake

The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas with a superstar lineup. Hip-hop, R&B, rock, pop, and country artists filled the bill at the two-day festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Friday’s concert kicked off with performances from Chris Brown, J. Cole, Elton John, Katy Perry, Queen, fun., and more.

Diddy got the show started by introducing Robin Thicke, who performed “Blurred Lines.” J. Cole brought out TLC and Miguel, Katy Perry performed “Dark Horse” with Juicy J, and Chris Brown delivered thrills with his dance-heavy set.

During an interview backstage, Breezy confirmed that his album X will be released in November. He also revealed the titles of two songs he wrote for J.Lo’s album, “Same Girl” and “Emotions.”

After presenting onstage, Kelly Rowland posed backstage with T-Boz and Chilli, J. Cole met Elton John, and Drake caught up with Katy Perry.

The festival continues today with performances from Drake, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Danity Kane, Ke$ha, and more.

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Sep
21
J. Cole Brings Out TLC, Miguel at iHeartRadio Music Festival

TLC and J. Cole

J. Cole joined a diverse lineup of artists including Elton John, Queen, and Katy Perry at last night’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The Roc Nation MC brought his own special guests onstage during his set at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He was joined by Miguel for “Power Trip” and surprised the audience by performing “Crooked Smile” with TLC for the very first time.

“I just happen to have on this song one of the greatest groups of all time that I grew up listening to and I’m honored to have them on the song, and I’m also honored to have them here with me tonight,” said Cole. “Ladies and gentlemen, make some noise for TLC.”

Chilli and T-Boz took the stage alongside Cole while singing the hook on his empowering anthem, sharing an embrace at the end.

“@JColeNC is tall greatness!!” tweeted Chilli.

The duo’s greatest hits album drops Oct. 15, while their made-for-TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story premieres Oct. 21 on VH1.

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