BET announced their 2012 Hip Hop Awards nominees last night and J. Cole is nominated in six categories:
Best Collabo – "Nobody’s Perfect"
Best Live Performer
Lyricist of the Year
Producer of the Year
MVP of the Year
CD of the Year
The BET Hip Hop Awards air on Tuesday October 9th at 8pm EST on BET.
J. Cole will be hitting year’s Rock The Bells tour making stops in San Bernardino, CA, Mountain View, CA, and Holmdel, NJ!
DATES, VENUES, & TICKETS
08/18 – 08/19 | San Bernardino, CA | NOS Events Center
08/25 – 08/26 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre
For a limited time you can get J. Cole’s debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, for a limited time price of $7.99 on iTunes.
Khaled goes to the other side for some lyrical exercise with hip-hop’s young guns with “They’re Ready.” Oooo, the bounce on this is serious! Kiss The Ring hits next Tuesday.
For a limited time you can get J. Cole’s debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, for $7.99 on iTunes.
J. Cole will be joining Drake’s "Club Paradise" tour this summer along with Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and French Montana.
J. Cole will join the second leg of Drake’s tour as the 27-date run kicks off May 7 in Concord, California. J. Cole will join the tour the next day, May 8, in Irvine, CA.
Tickets will go on sale March 23. Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets in advance. See the full set of tour dates below.
May 7 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord (J. Cole will not be appearing)
May 8 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
May 11 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 13 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
May 14 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
May 16 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
May 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
May 20 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
May 22 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
May 23 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 25 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
May 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
May 28 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
May 30 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 1- Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
June 2 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
June 5 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
June 6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 8 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
June 11 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
June 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 16 – New York, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 17 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story scored him a “Best New Artist” GRAMMY nomination and sold 217,000 copies in its first week to become the #1 album in the country. It was the biggest digital album debut from a new artist since January 2010. The album is now certified Gold and includes the Platinum single, “Work Out.” Cole was recently seen performing his hit single “Can’t Get Enough” with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Next up, he is getting set to launch his new video for “Nobody’s Perfect” featuring Missy Elliott.
Campus Consciousness Spring 2012 / The Sideline Story Tour
4/11 /12 – Kingston, RI University Of Rhode Island @ The Ryan Center
4/13/12 – Babson Park, MA Private Location
4/14/12 – Waterville, ME Colby College @ Wadsworth Arena
4/15/12 – Amherst, MA Private Location
4/17/12 – Champaign, IL University Of Illinois @ Assembly Hall Theatre
4/18/12 – Dekalb, IL Northern Illinois University @ Convocation Center
4/19/12 – Lexington, KY University Of Kentucky @ Memorial Coliseum
4/20/12 – Johnstown, PA University Of Pittsburgh Johnstown @ Sports Center
4/21/12 – Greensboro, NC UNC Greensboro & North Carolina A&T @ White Oak Amphitheatre
4/23/12 – Springfield, MO Drury University @ O’Reilly Center
4/24/12 – Cedar Falls, IA University Of Northern Iowa @ McLeod Center
4/26/12 – Bloomsburg, PA Bloomsburg College @ Nelson
4/27/12 – Morgantown, WV West Virginia University @ WVU Coliseum
4/28/12 – Philadelphia, PA Temple University @ The Liacouras Center
4/29/12 – TBA
5/3/12 – Durham, NH University Of New Hampshire @ Whitmore Center Arena
5/4/12 – South Orange, NJ Private Location
Up-and-coming West Coast MC Kendrick Lamar, treated fans at his sold-out show in Hollywood’s Key Club last night (February 10) to a seemingly endless series of surprise guest appearances, including hometown legend Dr. Dre.
Dre went on record this past November to co-sign the Compton spitter and has since invited him into the studio to contribute to the highly-anticipated Detox album.
Kendrick, who was accompanied intermittently on stage by his Black Hippy crew members—Jay Rock, Ab Soul and Schoolboy Q— was also joined by Leimert Park’s own Dom Kennedy and underground king Murs for the “She Needs Me” remix.
XXL Class of 2010 Freshmen Big Sean and J. Cole who, earlier in the evening, wrapped a performance across town at California State University Los Angeles, made it to the venue in time to perform their respective hits “Meant to Be” and “Enchanted.” After their performances, Sean made sure to verbally crown Kendrick as the future of hip-hop as did J. Cole, who has a joint mixtape coming out with the rapper.
“Congrats… and applause to ya’ll, because ya’ll see the future early,” J. Cole told the audience. “Straight outta Compton.”
The artist formerly known as KDot also brought out fellow Compton MC, Problem while Skeme and Casey Veggies, two artists out of Inglewood who are rising to notoriety as well, were also on hand to show support.
Between songs, Kendrick, with assistance from Schoolboy Q, took a few moments to attempt to mellow out the crowd with his “Groove Sessions.” He brought out a chair and told the audience stories of what his life was like as a young child surrounded by a lot of soulful music and ruthless characters, a la the opening scenes of Menace II Society. The audience laughed at Lamar’s imitation of his father’s old school, slow winding dance moves and ignorantly wise advice. However, the show was so high energy that even the groove sessions weren’t enough to quell the crowd.
Favorites amongst audience members appeared to be “Cut You Off,” “H.O.C.,” and of course, “Michael Jordan” to which the entire Top Dawg Entertainment family (and friends) joined Kendrick on the stage which at this point was wavering, not only under their collective weight but the sheer gravity of the moment.
“On some real shit DJ Quik, Murs, J. Cole, Big Sean… This shit is overwhelming for me man,” said Kendrick after making sure to point out Quik to his father who was seated on the floor above. Quik had been standing side stage in a VIP section with a digital recording device in hand, filming throughout the entire show.
Dr. Dre came on the stage briefly to close out the night by leaving the audience with a few words: “What the fuck is up West Coast? I just came out this way to show some love for the new West Coast hotness, my nigga Kendrick Lamar doing big shit. That’s all I wanted to do was come out, show my face, and represent. I love ya’ll. My shit coming. Detox. West coast stand the fuck up."
For J. Cole, getting Jay-Z to guest on his debut album is a gift and a curse.
On one hand, the North Carolina lyricist has the rare opportunity to get one of the most coveted features in the game on his first major-label effort. But on the other hand, the rising producer/MC is now tasked with churning out a record worthy of a Hov verse — a challenge he has admitted is daunting.
When Cole stopped by MTV News’ Times Square headquarters on Thursday to chop it up on "RapFix Live," the Fayetteville rapper opened up about his plans for collaborating with his Roc Nation boss.
"They been asking me this for a while because I said he was like one of the only rap features I wanted, but it’s about the song. It’s a lot of pressure on that song. I feel like that’s my hardest song to make, is the one I want Jay for. My standards are so high," he explained.
The MC added that he initially thought a melodic cut that eventually landed on his most recent mixtape would be good for a Jay feature. " ‘Enchanted’ off of [his mixtape] Friday Night Lights was just like a lot of people’s favorites, and my man Omen is on there. I wanted to get Jay on it. I thought that was gonna be the Jay-Z song for the album. But as time went by, it was like, ‘Nah, I got something better,’ " he said.
In fact, the songsmith has already cooked up another burner for Hov. "So I got this other song for the album right now. As soon as I did it, I named the beat ‘J. Cole and Jay-Z.’ But I ended up doing three verses, and I was like, ‘Nah, I like my verse.’ My bar is high for that song," he said.
While Cole is making sure he’s offering Jay his finest work, it’s not like there’s a one-Hov-feature rule he has to abide by. The Fayette-nam lyricist added that he and Hov plan to work together organically.
"As long as it feels right for him. I wouldn’t even wanna force nothin’ to him. It’s not like a ‘You better make it good’ [situation]," he said. "Nah, it’s not like that."
What do you think Hov and Cole’s collabo will sound like? Let us know in the comments!