J. Cole Is On The Cover Of ESPN the Magazine With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Written by Nigel D. / 01.20.15

J. COLE: 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.
Full Story: ESPN

Check out J. Cole’s cover with Dale Earnhardt Jr. below. Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks on liking Hip Hop and being a fan of J. Cole’s “Power Trip”.

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Jeremih ft. J. Cole – Planes

Written by Nigel D. / 01.17.15

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Jeremih mentioned this track last September and now it finally drops. Seems like a solid follow up for “Don’t Tell Em.”

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J. Cole Has His Best First Week Of Album Sales Ever With “Forest Hills Drive”

Written by Nigel D. / 12.17.14

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2014 Forest Hills Drive sold 354,000 copies in it first week, and it also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The sum is the fifth-largest sales week for an album in 2014, and the biggest for a hip-hop set in over a year. The last hip-hop album to score a bigger sales week than 2014 Forest Hills Drive’s opener was Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, when it launched at No. 1 with 792,000 in the week ending Nov. 10, 2013.
via Billboard

J. Cole follows solid first week sales for “Cole World: The Sideline Story(218k)” & “Born Sinner(297k)” with selling 375,000 copies of “Forest Hills Drive.” Keep in mind he didn’t have any radio singles nor a huge marketing campaign for the album. What does his success say to the labels and other rappers out there?

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Video: Crooked I Speaks On Eminem Being Mentioned On “Fire Squad”

Written by Nigel D. / 12.16.14

Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore
While silly ni**as argue over who gone snatch the crown
Look around my ni**a white people have snatched the sound
This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile
I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true s**t
– J. Cole (Fire Squad)

Thoughts on J. Cole’s verse on “Fire Squad” mentioning, Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and Macklemore?

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J. Cole Traveled To A Fan’s House To Sign Her CD

Written by Nigel D. / 12.12.14

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A fan reached out to J. Cole for him to sign her “Forest Hills Drive” CD and the rest is history. The album is on pace to sell over 300k in the first week. What do you feel artists can learn from J. Cole?

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Video: J. Cole On The Angie Martinez Show

Written by Nigel D. / 12.12.14

J. Cole speaks on his new album, “Forest Hills Drive” and more on the Angie Martinez Show. Listen to his NPR interview below.

The day after his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, was released, J. Cole spoke to Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley. It was the morning before he performed “Be Free,” the song he made about Michael Brown, on Letterman. Cole said he was nervous about it, but apparently not so worried that he would change his clothes. He wore the same hoodie for this interview that he did on TV. The conversation –- Mic Check’s second with Cole — reveals a person newly comfortable with himself, his abilities and what needs to be done.

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Video: J. Cole Performs “Be Free” On The David Letterman Show

Written by Nigel D. / 12.11.14

J. Cole performs “Be Free” off of the “Forest Hills Drive” album on ‘The David Letterman Show.’

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