1. From Hometown Hero to Superstar Status: How High Can J. Cole Climb?

    December 22, 2016 3:32 PM EST Among the countless hip-hop viral memes that took off in 2016, one of the best e-jokes came after J. Cole earned his first platinum-selling album with 2014 Forest Hills Drive last September, as fans incessantly shared reminders that the MC went “platinum with no features.” Since his debut…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Deja Vu for 'Deja Vu' & Maroon 5 Rules Radio, Tying Boyz II Men's Record

    December 22, 2016 10:42 AM EST J. Cole sends another song called "Deja Vu" to the top 10, while "Don't Wanna Know" is Maroon 5's fifth Radio Songs No. 1, matching Boyz II Men for the most among groups. As previously reported , Rae Sremmurd leads the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 31) for a…

  3. J. Cole's Manager & Dreamville President Ibrahim 'Ib' Hamad Talks 'Going Platinum With No Features' & Success of '4 Your Eyez Only'

    December 21, 2016 6:00 PM EST Just two weeks after J. Cole announced and released his fourth studio effort  4 Your Eyez Only , J. Cole has topped the Billboard 200 for the fourth time while all 10 tracks have hit the Hot 100 . He also landed the third-highest debut of 2016 on the heels of Drake 's  Views  and Beyonce…

  4. J. Cole's Entire Album '4 Your Eyez Only' Debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart

    December 21, 2016 11:55 AM EST Plus, 'Eyez’ documentary tracks “False Prophets” and “Everybody Dies” swell in streams and sales As previously reported, J. Cole ’s 4 Your Eyez Only debuts atop the Billboard 200 chart (dated Dec. 31), scoring his fourth No. 1 on the overall albums chart with 492,000 equivalent units…

  5. Rae Sremmurd Tops Hot 100, Zayn & Taylor Swift, J. Cole Debut in Top 10

    December 19, 2016 1:53 PM EST "Black Beatles," featuring Gucci Mane, rules for a sixth week, while Zayn & Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" and Cole's "Deja Vu" debut at Nos. 6 &7, respectively. Plus, Maroon 5's "Don't Wanna Know" takes over as…

  6. Who Had The Best Hip-Hop Album of 2016? Vote!

    December 14, 2016 9:57 AM EST Hip-hop junkies had their hands full with quality high-profile releases for the majority of 2016. From Kanye West 's seventh studio effort  The Life of Pablo, released in February, to Drake dropping his fourth LP  Views  in April, followed by Grammy-nominated albums from Chance The…

  7. J. Cole Contemplates Life & Death on '4 Your Eyez Only'

    December 14, 2016 9:34 AM EST The rapper releases his most cryptic album yet. “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne’s quote about the interconnectedness of humanity -- in life and death -- is…

  8. J. Cole's '4 Your Eyez Only' Aiming for Half-Million-Plus No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 12, 2016 4:50 PM EST J. Cole ’s new album 4 Your Eyez Only is heading for a huge debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. Sources suggest the rapper will earn his fourth chart-topper with the release, and it will blast in with perhaps around 550,000 equivalent album units…

  9. Photographer Anthony Supreme Talks Working With J. Cole for '4 Your Eyez Only' Album Artwork

    December 06, 2016 10:37 AM EST Life-changing decisions can occur at any moment. For photographer Anthony Supreme , the turning point in his life came to him while sitting in his Campervan, the vehicle he bought after he uprooted his life in Monroe, North Carolina to pursue a film career in Los Angeles. "I sold my car…

  10. Wale Drops 'Groundhog Day' in Response to J. Cole's 'False Prophets': Listen

    December 04, 2016 5:49 PM EST Just a day after J. Cole fired shots on "False Prophets," Wale hit back with his own new song, "Groundhog Day." The rapper released "Groundhog Day" via Soundcloud on Saturday (Dec. 3), opening with a lyric directly referencing the title of J. Cole's latest…

  11. Shots Fired, But at Who? J. Cole's 'False Prophets' Has People Guessing

    December 02, 2016 5:17 PM EST A track off J. Cole 's forthcoming album has some people playing the guessing game on who he's taking shots at. Cole doesn't mention anyone by name on "False Prophets," but some on social media are speculating he's rapping about a few stars, including Kanye West …

  12. J. Cole's Fourth Album '4 Your Eyez Only' Due Out Dec. 9

    December 01, 2016 11:45 AM EST The project would be his first new solo material in two years. Update (3:31 p.m.):  J. Cole's fourth album  4 Your Eyez Only  has been confirmed to  Billboard  and is  available for pre-order on iTunes  ahead of an expected Dec. 9 release via Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope. The 10…

  13. The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Day 1 Highlights: J. Cole, Post Malone & More

    October 02, 2016 12:00 PM EDT On a chill and overcast day that signaled that fall has finally descended on New York City, the promised rain never arrived, leaving the first day of the inaugural Meadows Festival at the parking lot at Citi Field in Queens a thankfully dry affair. And while The Weeknd announced late on…

  14. Life Is Beautiful 2016 Day 2 Highlights: J. Cole, Empire of the Sun, Jane's Addiction & More

    September 25, 2016 4:44 PM EDT Since Day 2 of three-day weekend festivals falls on the Saturday, it makes sense that is usually the most raucous lineup of the weekend. At downtown Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Festival that was certainly the case as a wide array of headliners from all genres,  from rapper J. Cole to rockers…

  15. J. Cole Added To The Meadows Festival Lineup

    September 22, 2016 6:12 PM EDT UPDATE:  Despite an earlier announcement stating that The Weeknd will no longer be performing at the Meadows Festival, his rep tells  Billboard  that he will be rocking New York's Citi Field with a set time of 6:15 p.m. ET.  While it has been two years since J. Cole released his platinum…

  16. J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile' and 'Can't Get Enough' Certified Platinum by RIAA

    September 02, 2016 1:49 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced Friday (Sept. 2) that J. Cole ’s “Crooked Smile," an ode to 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and his 2011 collaboration with singer Trey Songz , “Can’t Get Enough,” are certified platinum singles. J. Cole's 10 Best…

  17. 10 Things to Catch at Billboard Hot 100 Fest: Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris & More!

    August 19, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Last year we brought you Justin Bieber’s return to the stage . And Nicki Minaj . And Skrillex ! This weekend, Billboard’s Hot 100 Music Festival is back for round two at the Grounds at Nikon Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York. On Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 20 and 21), the fest’s…

  18. It Was All a Dream: 10 Music Videos From J. Cole's Dreamville Records

    August 12, 2016 4:00 PM EDT In 2014, J. Cole  bossed up by taking his Dreamville Records label (formed in 2007) and  partnering up with Interscope Records , thanks to president of urban music Joie Manda.  Two years later, the Dreamville team -- comprised of rappers Bas, Cozz and Omen with Cole's manager, Ibrahim …

  19. 5 People Who Love J. Cole, From Jay Z to President Obama

    August 11, 2016 4:58 PM EDT While J. Cole has never needed validation in his career ("I promise, baby, you can bet the bank on me/ 'Cause can't nobody tell me what I ain't gonna be no more," he rapped on 2011's "Sideline Story"), the North Carolina rapper has earned plenty of co…

  20. Fire Squad: J. Cole's 11 Best Collaborations

    August 10, 2016 1:34 PM EDT Despite going double-platinum with no features with his 2014 studio effort  2014 Forest Hills Drive , J. Cole is a team player. Logging collaborations with DJ Khaled , Kendrick Lamar , Drake and Wale to name a few, the Fayetteville lyricist comes correct on any track co-starring another act…

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