J. Cole stopped by FuseTV to discuss his upcoming album “Born Sinner” which he finally turned in to the labels for final submission. He recently pushed the album up to June 18th feeling confident in his body of work to challenge Kanye’s new album “Yeezus”. Esteban of Fuse went on to say Kanye West fans, normally tend to be J. Cole fans, which Cole himself admitted to being a die-hard Yeezy fan. He went on to say this isn’t like the Kanye-50 since they both released major albums at the same time, but stated he’s more an LeBron James-esque artist coming into the game to challenge an established Kobe Bryant champion, in Kanye West. Hit the jump to watch the interview.
OS REWIND: J. Cole – Born Sinner (Artwork x Release Date)
OS REWIND: J. Cole – Truly Yours 2 [EP]
OS REWIND: J. Cole Performs “Power Trip” On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Bas returns with the second installment of his Quarter Water Raised Me mixtape series made sure it stands out from anything else right now. The Dreamville member has seen the world and this mixtape sounds the exact same. With features from J. Cole, Hemdi, Kquick and production from Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Clams Casino, Christian Rich and more, Bas releases a project that we can see sticking around for awhile with plenty of standout tracks as well as a few you’ve gotta listen a little closely to. Be sure to check it out, Bas did his thing.
Check out the tracklist and download Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. 2 after the jump.
Following the announcement of his album’s release date earlier this week, J. Cole took to the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon stage to perform his lead single. With a little help from The Roots, the Fayetteville native put his all into a rendition of “Power Trip,” which is continuing to see worthy success on the Billboard chart. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner will be released on June 18th via Roc Nation, seeing the rapper up against the likes of Kanye West and Mac Miller on the same day.
J. Cole is ready to deliver his sophomore album Born Sinner to the world, as today he releases the artwork for the highly anticipated project. The release date for the album is a little fuzzy because it was originally slated for June 25, but there have been rumors swirling that it may drop on June 18 which would put him head to head with Kanye West. Regardless we really can’t wait for this.
UPDATE: J. Cole just tweeted that he is indeed dropping Born Sinner on June 18.
UPDATE 2: Deluxe artwork added after the jump.
In the next episode of J. Cole’s new “Born Sinner” series, his good friend Kendrick Lamar is featured. In episode one, we saw Cole’s mother Kay Cole share some of her story raising Jermaine, but now TDE emcee is up to share his upbringings in hip-hop. Kendrick opened up being born into the genre with his father playing Big Daddy Kane after birth on his way back home. As a kid, Kendrick caught on to rap at an early age noticing artist writing in journals for their current and past experiences growing up in inner-city communities.
In a recent conversation with Erykah Badu, she asked K. Dot what was his fulfillment out of music. He was stuck with words for a few moments, which Badu said she still hasn’t found what she’s looking for hoping he wouldn’t follow in her path. You can listen to all of this and more in the audio clip above.
OS REWIND: Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Director’s Cut) [Music Video]
OS REWIND: J. Cole “Born Sinner” Episode #1 (Kay Cole)
OS REWIND: Kendrick Lamar “On The Road: Verge Campus Tour”
Last night J. Cole let loose his new jam “Cole Summer” to hold over his fans until his sophomore album, Born Sinner, drops on June 25. Cole was feeling extra generous as today he delivers the sequel to his EP Truly Yours with about 16 hours of anticipation. Much like the first, it is filled with some very dope tracks that Cole World had stored in his vaults, including ones featuring Southern vets like Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz.
Check out the full tracklist and download after the jump.
Yup that’s right, we are getting closer and closer to J. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner, and tonight he decides to treat his fans with a new track. As we have come to expect from Jermaine, this cut certainly does not disappoint, and he showcases why he is considered one of the better lyricists in the game.
And then just like that, Cole took to Twitter to announce he is dropping the second volume of his Truly Yours EP tomorrow.
UPDATE: Truly Yours 2 can be downloaded now right here.
The weekend is here, bitches! And you know what means? We’re going to be knee deep in some alcohol, awaiting good times (and hungover mornings). While we get ready for the Saturday and Sunday ratchetness, the soundtrack to our weekend will be crucial. This week was especially crazy, because we got big songs from Rap’s elite.
It never hurts to get a new song for Jay-Z, either. So that will continue in our rotation for days/weeks to come, as we set off today’s Weekend Playlist with that. We didn’t add too much R&B (and definitely no alternative) in this edition, so expect more rap than usual. Compton, Detroit, Brooklyn, North Carolina, and Los Angeles all represented.
Check out what our OnSMASH staff will be bumping this weekend, after the jump.
If you haven’t watch J. Cole’s new video “Power Trip,” go do that right now and come back to this.
As Cole World tells it, the concept of the video was already thought of as he was writing the track. He already knew how it was going to do gown, but it didn’t quite materialize how he wanted, until he had the conversation with Miguel himself.
Apparently, J’s management was shaky about pitching the concept to Miguel, until Cole finally stepped in and handled the situation, told him the plot for the visual and asked if he was with it. The two seemed to be already in sync about who would play the dead boyfriend, too (look at his bloody face on top of our video section right now).
Moral of the story: Beware of those crazy exes, or end up Miguel’d.
For those of you that were needing confirmation of Cole World’s run into a hot summer, can now get closure with the official music video for J. Cole’s “Power Trip” featuring Miguel. Cole hit the twitter world yesterday to announce the official release date for his sophomore album “Born Sinner,” which we can expect to see on June 25th.
These visuals take place in his hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina and give us a concept we wouldn’t normally expect in a major single from J. Cole, with Miguel opening up our minds to that “Power Trip.”
Directed by Mike Piscitelli and Nabil
New Cole World music in the middle of summer? That’s what it’s definitely looking like.
Today J. Cole gave fans the great news and announced that his sophomore album Born Sinner will drop on June 25. Considering the album was pushed back this past winter, it was unclear when the project was going to see the light of day, until now. Cole also dropped more good news on Twitter, when he revealed that the video for his first single with Miguel, “Power Trip,” will drop tomorrow.
Wale has some competition with that June 25 release date, huh.
One of the biggest announcements to go down at SXSW this week has been the 21-date Yahoo! On The Road tour, which will feature the likes of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis plus special guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Trey Songz and Frank Ocean on select dates. As of now, the lineups have not been announced for each specific show, but we do know that there will be 14 dates in the U.S. and 7 overseas with stops in New York, San Francisco and London.
After hearing that “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix teaser, this is the perfect set up for the Summer. The set of artists on deck already sounds monster, with surprise guests always liable to any show at any given time.
More details are on the way, so stay tuned! Check dates after the jump.
OS REWIND: Kendrick Lamar Discusses Being MTV’s “Hottest MC In The Game”
OS REWIND: Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (feat. Jay-Z) [Music Video]
MTV.com news recently caught up with J. Cole as he took time to discuss the highly-anticipated collaboration album with Kendrick Lamar. Cole went on to say they’ve recorded songs together already but scheduling conflicts in their career has hindered the two from hitting the studio like the would like but are still going to do their best for the fans to put out a project one way or another even if it’s a EP.
He went on to reminisce about being a kid and excited for his favorite rappers to collaborate for albums that never happened and even cited the “Watch The Throne” album taking years to complete as well. The video concludes with Jermaine discussing the competitive the nature between him and K. Dot being elite emcees for the new generation of hip-hop in which they both hold pride for their craft in competition for the love of rap but remain respectful and humble around each other.
With Cole’s upcoming second studio album “Born Sinner” scheduled for a summer release and Kendrick in no rush to force a follow-up to his critically acclaimed “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” we would hope to see the project surface before the years end.
Jermaine Cole was recently in Los Angeles earlier this week as he stopped by the Power 106 offices for an exclusive interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood own Rikki Martinez. The two discuss his recently released “Truly Yours EP” which has Rikki loved the theme for the mixtape in praising baby moms in comparison to his hip-hop peers making b.m.’s into antagonist.
Cole briefly touches on double meanings in his newest single featuring Miguel, “Power Trip” as well as his reaction to hearing it on the radio for the first time. They also discuss his long-awaited collaboration album with Kendrick Lamar and whether his second studio album “Born Sinner” will release before Tupac’s Birthday, June 16th.
OS REWIND: J. Cole – Truly Yours [EP]
OS REWIND: J. Cole – Power Trip (feat. Miguel)
OS REWIND: J. Cole Compares “Power Trip” To A Classic Justin Timberlake Song
In J. Cole’s latest EP, Truly Yours, a track titled “Stay” which had the same beat as Nas’ song was released. In this talk with MTV, Cole World says the beat was originally his but due to his inexperience in the game, he didn’t secure the No I.D. production when he had the chance and it was snatched up by Nasir when it was all said and done.
Interestingly enough, “Tears of Joy” from Rick Ross’ Teflon Don album was originally his as well, but he was in a wrong place with the label at the time, and couldn’t attack the record like he should have when he went to the studio with No I.D. that day.
You live and you learn, right young Simba? Born Sinner is coming soon.