1. Album Review: 'The Album About Nothing' Is Wale's Most Personal and Best Work

    April 02, 2015 2:13 PM EDT Wale made his breakthrough with the Seinfeld -inspired The Mixtape About Nothing seven years ago. Since, the D.C. rapper has changed record labels, rebounding from the commercial failure of his 2009 debut, Attention Deficit , by topping the Billboard 200 with his last effort, The Gifted .…

  2. SXSW 2015 Day 5: Hudson Mohawke Surprises at Fader Fort, Timbaland Introduces Tink, J. Cole Drops Iggy Azalea Line & More

    March 22, 2015 3:25 PM EDT The music portion is in full swing at SXSW, and we're bringing you daily recaps of the action from Austin. Here are some unforgettable moments from music's fifth day at the fest on Saturday (March 21). SXSW 2015: Check Out Our Full Coverage 12:00 p.m. -- Lyle Lovett , who was…

  3. After J. Cole's Success, RCA Exec Mark Pitts Gambles on New Roster

    February 10, 2015 4:57 PM EST ByStorm Entertainment CEO also talks Miguel, Usher & Mali Music's breakthrough. Between his dual roles as president of urban music at RCA and CEO of ByStorm Entertainment, a joint venture with the label, Mark Pitts, 44, rode into 2015 with 10 Grammy nominations and a third…

  4. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rapper's chart-topping track, takes…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to reach the top slot (his entire output of…

  6. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  7. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up,…

  8. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  9. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell well over 300,000 copies in the week ending…

  10. J. Cole Says 'White People Have Snatched the Sound' On 'Fire Squad'

    December 03, 2014 4:40 PM EST Rapper calls out Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Justin Timberlake & Macklemore on the '2014 Forest Hills Drive' track. A week before its official release, J. Cole 's album 2014 Forest Hills Drive has sprung a leak. One album cut in particular, " Fire Squad ," is stirring…

  11. J. Cole Unveils '2014 Forest Hills Drive' Album Track List

    November 30, 2014 1:49 PM EST Rapper J. Cole has unveiled the track list for his surprise new studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , which is scheduled for release on Dec. 9. J. Cole Reveals '2014 Forest Hills Drive' Album Coming By End of Year Cole caught fans off guard by announcing the new release, his…

  12. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  13. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  14. Eminem to Play London's Wembley Stadium

    May 07, 2014 6:12 AM EDT Eminem’s blockbuster career will notch another milestone this summer when he becomes the first rapper to headline London’s Wembley Stadium. Marshall Mathers will play the iconic 90,000-capacity venue on July 11. It’ll be the artist’s first show in the capital since he played the now-defunct…

  15. J. Cole Talks Dreamville Label Deal & Interscope's Joie Manda: Exclusive

    February 10, 2014 12:47 PM EST 'He really believed in me as an executive, a label CEO and a producer. A Dr. Dre to his Jimmy Iovine.' On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z's big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden,…

  16. Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Heading Down Under for ‘Rapture’ Stadium Tour

    October 21, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Eminem is heading back Down Under. And this time, he’s bringing Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with him. The rap superstar will headline four stadium shows next February. The run will open with Eminem's first-ever date in New Zealand (Auckland, Feb. 15), before visiting each of Australia’s…

  17. Robin Thicke Ties Record Run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 19, 2013 6:01 PM EDT With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December…

  18. TLC Returns To Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    September 12, 2013 6:36 PM EDT As featured on J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile,' the act logs its first top 10 since 1999. Celebrated R&B trio TLC logs its first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 since 1999, and 10th overall, as J. Cole's "Crooked Smile," on which it's featured, jumps 12-9.…

  19. J. Cole Announces What Dreams May Come Tour

    July 29, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Wale will be joining. J. Cole is embarking on a North American tour titled, What Dreams May Come. The tour, which features Wale, will kick off on Sept. in Miami, Fl. and close on Oct. 30 in Seattle, WA. "It's going to be a wild ride," J. Cole says of the trek. Chart Juice: J.…

  20. Rapper J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric

    July 22, 2013 3:52 AM EDT Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn't agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a perceived line, but in this case he feels he went…

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