Archive for June, 2010
J. Cole‘s interview with Music Matters on BET.
Click here to visit the Music Matters page that BET has hosted for him.
Here is J. Cole‘s performance at the 2010 BET Awards.
J. Cole reflects on how he remembers growing up listening to Michael Jackson.
“When I think of Michael Jackson and the impact he’s had on my life, I’ve got a few memories stuck in my head. The first one that comes to mind is the Bad tape. I remember growing up there were only a select few artists that I idolized, and Michael Jackson was definitely at the top of that list. I just remember the white Bad cassette tape that I played every day of my life. Specifically loving songs like “Dirty Diana” and “Man in the Mirror” – these are songs that I was in love with as a kid, and really defined my childhood.
I’ll never forget, the day that the Dangerous album came out. I don’t remember how old I was, I must have been around 7 years old or something crazy like that, but I remember the day that album was released like it was yesterday. My mom knew how big of a fan I was, and how bad I wanted that album. She surprised me that day by picking me up from school. I didn’t take the bus that day because she was there at school waiting on me. We went to Paradise, the little local record store we had, and she bought the Dangerous album for me. I unwrapped the cd before I even got home, I went home threw it in my CD player and just played it for probably like a month straight. Just little things like that as far spring to mind, I was really obsessed with Michael Jackson when I was younger.”
J. Cole among other celebrities, shares his thoughts on Michael’s Jackson’s passing, J. Cole appears around the 2 minute mark.
Vote for J. cole‘s music video “Who Dat” on BET to see it live on 106 and Park. Click here to vote!
Congratulations go out to J. Cole for winning the Yo Raps Artist to Watch in 2010 award! Click here to see the results. Leave a comment below.
Talks of J.Cole start around the 2:50 mark but the whole interview is worth a listen!
After this week’s release of J. Cole’s “Who Dat” music video, SOHH caught up with the Roc Nation rookie to get more details on the new visual.
Giving the exclusive scoop on how the video was filmed, Cole talked about taking an organic approach to his new clip
“I think it was an excellent reception,” Cole told SOHH. “I just wish I would’ve explained to people more that it was a one shot, that we shot on film and even when you watch it in HD version it looks incredible because it was on 35mm film which is what they use to shoot movies with. Even with that said I think people respect the fact that I went home [to Fayetteville, NC]. I didn’t come out with a whole bunch of jewelry, a whole bunch of light skinned girls with short shorts on. It’s a real organic feeling video. I really wish I would’ve explained more to people but you know in time people will get it. They’ll see all the imagery and all the little signs.” (SOHH)
Cole also said he was unfazed by the song not being a typical commercial single.
“I just do weird stuff. Even the fact, coming out with ‘Who Dat.’ It’s not the typical song that’s going to be on the radio, it’s not the typical song that’s going to play in the clubs but that’s what it felt like,” he added. “That was the feeling. It felt like the move so we moved. It’s going to do it’s job, it’s going to do what it’s supposed to do. I think the video was the same way. It was like, ‘Yo, we love this idea. Let’s do it.’ Forget about the rules and what your first video is supposed to be. I’m supposed to [have] X amount of scenes and this amount of light skinned girls. I just like to do things my way.” (SOHH)
The video began to circulate online earlier this week.
Roc-Nation’s number 1 artist J. Cole just released the video for his first single “Who Dat” off of his still untitled project under Roc-Nation . Roc-Nation is Jay-Z’s music label which is still in its initial stages, J. Cole is one of the best in the roster yet and Who Dat is one of the illest songs i’ve heard in a long time. The video was shot by BBGUN and is a one-take video, pretty dope. Surprising how difficult it is to make one-take videos, J’s doing all sorts of different things, surrounded by continuous explosions behind him and people rooting “Who Dat” in the back. (The Media Kings)
Last February, Cole talked about putting together his forthcoming Roc Nation debut album.
“I’m in with No I.D. right now. He’s incredible. It’s fun,” Cole said about his album’s production. “My favorite producer, after I started producing [and] paying attention to producers, was Kanye…Being in with No I.D. last night and watching him work, it was like, ‘Duh.’ I been in with other producers, it don’t click. It don’t connect. It connects with him. I figure if I grew up looking up to Kanye, Kanye is cut from the No I.D. cloth.” (MTV)
According to Rap Radar J.Cole was celebrating the release of NBA Elite at the Bryant Park Hotel in NY Brandon Jennings and Kevin Durant. In the video he talks about shooting the video in one take with none of that digital camera stuff.