Archive for July, 2010
The New York Post interviews J. Cole, Wale, Melanie King, and others at BET’s Grey Goose Rising Stars.
On the R&B/Hip Hop Charts J. Cole‘s song ”Who Dat” has moved from 39 to Number 32. The Heat Seekers Songs Charts have seen the biggest increase from 19 to number 8 (Wow). Also the Rap Songs charts are still being maintained at number 19.
J.Cole talks about the Teflon Don, lack of album features & once again confirming the albums title will not be Cole World!
A very informal interview of J. Cole, discussing his choice to go to college and his rapping style.
Malice speaks on J. Cole.
Q:Who do you like that’s more modern?
Malice: Like what?
Q: Like current rappers. New breed, like J. Cole. You don’t have to say him…
Malice: Oh. Yeah, yeah. I like J. Cole. Drake, Kanye and I like them because they’re still staying true to lyric-driven hip hop. They say a lot of slick things. Hip hop has definitely changed and I still like it. I like those guys a little more because they still use metaphors and a lot of slick lines. They’re taking time when they write.
Read the complete article here
J. Cole at BET’S Grey Goose’s Rising Star event, be on the look out for more Grey Goose Rising Star Events!
Check out this video of J. Cole performing with Petey Pablo at the Fayetteville Summer Fest.
J. Cole speaks about the Cheerleader Controversy.
“Basically for the people that don’t know, what happened was that the chancellor of FSU…saw the video and was mad. He felt that the cheerleaders were depicted wrong, which was not the case. But once he made a scene out of it the local high school joined in…it became my first piece of controversy but really this happens in alot of black communities. It’s a generation gap, they don’t get it. They don’t see the good in it. That a kid from the Ville made it out and made something out of himself and he wants to come back home and represent to the rest of the world…they can’t see past the curse words. But I’m not mad…”
Check out the footage above taken during J. Cole’s stop at a local Cleveland zoo, pictures can be viewed here.
Peep the interview below where J. Cole speaks on his inspirations, politics, and his college rival.
Rarely do you find a rapper who’s resume includes graduating magna cum laude. Jermaine Cole b.k.a J.Cole’s does and he makes it obvious with his slick, psuedo intellectual, yet witty lyrics and style. J.Cole came to Washington D.C. last night for his Direct Drive Record Pool Presents the DTLR Listening Lounge. The event gave media and select fans a glimpse into his upcoming project, “Coles World” slated for an October 2010 release. DMV hip hop scene notables like DJ Alizay, Phil Ade, Raheem DeVaughn, King Pen Slim, Jay Claxton, DJ Reddz, Swinn Brock and Mr. Mottz were in the building.
J. Cole tells us why he’s competitive, what it feels like to be the first person signed to Roc Nation and who’s huge shadow he has to work to get under from. Check it out!
AEAL: You rap, you write, your produce, you’re like a hip hop renaissance man.
J.Cole: Thank you!
AEAL: What inspiries your music?
J.Cole: What inspiries me? There are a few things. It’s a combination of just life in general, but its also my competitive nature. I just want to be the best, you know I want to do everything on my own. That’s why I produce my own stuff. I’m like, a control freak! I think that’s what it is. If I’m going to do something I want to be the best, I want to do it well. I think that’s what it really comes down to.
AEAL: One of your first big mainstream rap debuts was on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 Album. How’d that feel?
J.Cole: That was crazy, I still really can’t believe it when I think about it. It was a blessing obviously. It’s funny how life works out, I never would have seen that coming. Like I thought I would have got on, and got a deal but I never thought it would have been like that.
AEAL: That has to say a lot about your rap ability, to have Jay-Z, really a living hip hop legend give you a huge endorsment like that, when you’re fresh in the game. What did you think when you found out that you’d be the first artist signed to the Roc Nation imprint?
J.Cole: I was excited of course, I was happy. But I was like man I’ve got to work that much harder to make sure I’m not in this mans shadow! Because he’s got such a big shadow! So I was like man, I’ve got to make my own path and work that much harder if I’m going to make this decision you know.
AEAL: So you are in Washington D.C., the Nation’s Capitol. Do you have a policy issue that’s important to you?
J.Cole: You know what, when I was in college I was really deep and heavy into politics but ever since I’ve been chasing this I haven’t been too involved. So I keep my ear farely tuned, but not as much as I should so theres no real political policy that I’m real active about. But there are a lot of social issues that I really still care about. Maybe that will resurface when I get a little older, right now I don’t have time for that. I use to be really caught up in it.
AEAL: You went to St. John’s right?
J.Cole: Yeah I did!
AEAL: I went to Temple, guess that makes you my rival, haha.
J.Cole: Oh Temple? I don’t mess with you after that!
AEAL: Yes you do!