It seems inevitable that Kanye will win the sales showdown come June 18, but the excellence of 'Born Sinner' makes the once unlikely-seeming possibility that J. Cole would win the more important contest — over listeners' ears — a lot more real.
J. Cole's first album debuted at No. 1, helping ignite a new movement in hip-hop. But for his follow-up, he's taken on a new set of challenges: eschewing guest rappers and producers, going head-to-head with Kanye West on release day and finding himself as an artist.
Cole flips through pairs of camouflage cargo pants at a sunny photo studio steps away from Manhattan's elevated High Line park. 2Pac's 1995 opus Me Against the World blasts from his iPod, and he knows every word.
The Great GoogaMooga is back for seconds. Superfly Present’s food-and-music festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park tonight after an inaugural year that made more headlines for its problems than its successes. But with a paid Yeah Yeah Yeah/Flaming Lips show, a Joe's Pub Stage and logistical improvements, the promoters are confident this year will be better.