Video: Big Sean Performs In L.A. With Kanye West, Meek Mill, J. Cole & Travis Scott

Written by Nigel D. / 02.09.15

Big Sean, with help from some friends, shut down the ‘House Of Blues’ in L.A. during Grammy weekend. It has been a while since Big Sean has been able to perform “Burn” with Meek Mill and his performance of “Don’t Play” with Travis Scott was energetic to say the least. J. Cole was a huge surprise for the crowd and Kanye West caused people to lose it. Check video of the full show below.

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Video: J. Cole Performs “No Role Modelz” In LA

Written by Nigel D. / 02.08.15

J. Cole was one of the surprises Big Sean had up his sleeve for his Grammy weekend concert in L.A. Check out J. Cole performing “No Role Modelz”.

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Audio: J. Cole On The Combat Jack Show

Written by Nigel D. / 01.27.15

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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.
Combat Jack

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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.
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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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