Boosie Badazz ft. Keyshia Cole & J.Cole – Black Heaven

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

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This is flames. The Coles join Boosie on “Black Heaven” where he describes an afterlife populated by our most beloved fallen heros. Rest in peace B.B. King.

Listen below.

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Video: Cozz ft. J. Cole – Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Cozz & Effect out now.

Previously: Cozz – I’m Tha Man (Video)

Video: J. Cole – G.O.M.D.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

J. Cole debuts his latest visual for “G.O.M.D.” off the 2014 Forest Hills Drive album in stores now.

Previously: J. Cole Interview w/ Tavis Smiley (Video)

Video: J. Cole Interview w/ Tavis Smiley

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

J. Cole chops it up with Tavis Smiley about 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, tour, childhood, competition and more.

Previously: J. Cole on The Combat Jack Show

Video: Big Sean Brings Out Kanye West, J. Cole & Meek Mill at Pre-GRAMMY Concert

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Watch Big Sean bring out Kanye, Cole, and Meek at his sold-out pre-GRAMMY concert show at House of Blues Sunset Strip in Los Angeles last night.

Updated with Sean’s vlog from the evening below.

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J. Cole on The Combat Jack Show

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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Light-skinned Jermaine from Fayetteville is the latest guest on The Combat Jack Show.

J. Cole details the inspiration behind ’2014 Forest Hills Drive’, his battle with expectations, wanting to sign Kendrick Lamar when they first met and his thoughts regarding the shots-ridden “Control” verse. Cole also talks the hip hop culture shift that inspired “Fire Squad”, consciously staying out of Drake’s lane while creating his own, what happened that eventful night with Diddy, visiting Ferguson, his new outlook on life and how he became a voice of his generation.

Previously: J. Cole & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cover ESPN: The Magazine

J. Cole & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cover ESPN: The Magazine

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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If you were baffled by the Dale Earnhardt Jr. shoutout at the end of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, don’t worry about a thing, ESPN: The Magazine is on the case. As it turns out, the NASCAR star is a big fan of Jermaine’s. Who knew right?

Cole explains:

It all started when I missed the deadline for the physical CD album credits, so I decided to put them on a song and basically shout out everybody who had something to do with the album. I’d been working on the album for a year, and I was in such an ecstatic mood — I felt like I won. So while I’m shouting out everybody, I was like, “I may as well pretend a shoutout, somebody I have no idea who they are, just as a joke.”

There was an interview Dale Jr. did that asked him what he plays before races, and he said “J. Cole ‘Power Trip,’” which freaked me out! What is Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing playing my shit? How did he even find out about it? You don’t think somebody on that level would ever hear your stuff. From there, I never forgot. I was always like, “Yo, I ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.” So when I was picking a name, I chose his. And it worked out crazy. Everywhere I go now — the airport, the store — people say, “Yo, Cole, I love that album, bro, it’s a classic!” And Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s the first thing they bring up! It’s already a thing in hip-hop, already an inside joke that’s going to live forever.

Continue below for some footage of Cole and Dale shooting the cover, and click through to ESPN to read their joint Q&A in its entirety.

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Jeremih ft. J. Cole – Planes

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

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Cole joins Jeremih on “Planes,” a track which will appear on the R&B singer’s forthcoming LP, Late Nights, coming soon. Check it out after the jump.

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Next Up: Cozz

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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If there were ever a Richard Sherman story in hip-hop Cozz would be it. The 21-year-old South Central, Los Angeles native began his youth with dreams of being rich but acted on them differently than your average perceived kid from the area.

Rather than slanging dope on the corner or sticking up the vulnerable the rapper born Cody Osagie chose to lay low. Being the beneficiary of a two-parent household also helped and there was no Doughboy to his Tre Styles. And while Cozz didn’t necessarily participate in the fast life he certainly witnessed people who did.

“I knew gangbangers and I had a moment in my life where I wanted to do it out of stupidity and me just being young and immature. I grew up in the heart of the hood but my parents kept my head on straight.” In his more recent years Cozz has used hip-hop as a distraction. And it’s been a damn good one. Ironically though, rap wasn’t originally in the plans for the head on straight kid. Rather it was a way to express himself and his experiences–perhaps the ones he never wanted to have.

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Video: J. Cole Interview with Angie Martinez

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Cole sits down with Angie at Power 105. He talks about his heartfelt performance of “Be Free” on Letterman and the previously unheard verse that he added to it, infusing his music with social awareness, his issues with capitalism, his references to Eminem and Macklemore on the song “Firing Squad” and how they were received by media outlets, Ferguson and more.

Also, I haven’t listened to it yet, but I’ve heard good things about Cole’s hour long sit-down with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley for NPR’s Microphone Check, which you can stream in full below.

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