J. Cole

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

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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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Sep
18
Video: J. Cole f/ TLC – ‘Crooked Smile’

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J. Cole sends a powerful message against the war on drugs in the short film for “Crooked Smile,” the TLC-assisted single off his sophomore album Born Sinner. A family gathering turns tragic in the cinematic clip, which was inspired by Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010.

Cole plays the young girl’s big brother. His parents and sister come over to celebrate her birthday, but cops end up raiding the house at night, arresting Cole for drugs and shooting the innocent girl.

Meanwhile, one of the police officers is shown in similar scenes with his daughter, who happens to be Cole’s sister’s classmate. Despite their different backgrounds, they’re more similar than they thought.

The National Anthem plays in the background while an emotional Cole looks through the back seat of a cop car as his sister’s body is carried out.

He dedicates the somber clip to Stanley-Jones with a message: “And please reconsider your war on drugs.”

See the stirring visuals below.

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Sep
4
Video: J. Cole – ‘What Dreams May Come Tour’ [Trailer]

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In anticipation for his upcoming “What Dreams May Come Tour” with Wale, J. Cole debuts a dark and cinematic trailer for the trek. Cole has an out-of-body experience as he lies dead on the floor in a scene inspired by the 1998 drama What Dreams May Come.

The North American tour kicks off on Sept. 10 in Miami, traveling to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas, before wrapping October 30 in Seattle, WA.

See an itinerary and check out the teaser below.

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Aug
14
J. Cole Performs ‘Crooked Smile’ on ‘Conan’

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J. Cole brought his “Crooked Smile” to “Conan” on Tuesday. The Roc Nation rapper rocked the stage with his band while performing the uplifting song off his chart-topping album Born Sinner.

A video for the TLC-assisted track, which samples Jennifer Hudson’s “No One Gonna Love You,” was shot last month and is expected to debut soon.

Cole will kick off his “What Dreams May Come” tour with Wale on September 10 in Miami.

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Aug
13
J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson Perform ‘Crooked Smile’ at VH1’s Do Something! Awards

J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson

J. Cole and J. Hud joined forces to perform his single “Crooked Smile” at VH1’s 2013 Do Something! Awards last month in Hollywood. The Roc Nation rapper stripped down the inspirational song, while the Oscar winner filled in for TLC on the soulful hook.

Cole sampled Jennifer’s 2011 song “No One Gonna Love You” on the Born Sinner track.

“Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J. Hud, who was recognized for her Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was created in honor of her late nephew.

Watch them come together for the special performance.

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