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The Week In Pop: What Wale Can Learn From J. Cole

On paper, Wale's rap career has been a success. He dropped several critically acclaimed mixtapes, aligned himself with Rick Ross at the peak of Bawse's power, scored a number of inescapable urban radio hits, and just debuted at #1 with The Album About Nothing, a project on which he collaborated with his lifelong hero Jerry… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 9, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro's streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn't stop him from rolling out his rebranded product today with lots of fanfare from his famous friends. Rumors before the 5PM livestream suggested that Jay's newfangled Tidal would be launched with exclusive content from many of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

The Week In Pop: What’s Next For Zayn Malik, One Direction, And The World?

Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction was announced the only way it could be in 2015, via an official statement on the group's Facebook page. (I suppose a series of Snapchats would also have been appropriate.) The crucial sentence and obvious pullquote is this: "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 26, 2015 - 10:39 am

Watch Kanye West Perform, Denounce Nike At Big Sean’s Yahoo! Live Concert

Last night, Big Sean brought out a ton of guests for his headlining show at Los Angeles' House Of Blues, which was streamed on Yahoo!. Travi$ Scott, Meek Mill, and J. Cole all got to perform a few tracks of their own, serving as a precursor to Kanye West's appearance. Big Sean and Kanye did… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Jeremih – “Planes” (Feat. J. Cole)

Jeremih threw shots at his label home Def Jam in his recent "Big Dawg Shit," alluding to behind-the-scenes conflicts keeping his long-promised Late Nights album from coming out. Those tensions do not seem to be resolved. Yesterday Jeremih posted a marvelous new single called "Planes" to his SoundCloud, tweeting that an unfinished version had leaked… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 18, 2015 - 10:16 am

The Week In Pop: Where Do Rock Music And Pop Radio Intersect In 2015?

Fall Out Boy will release their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, next week, and they'll do so with the kind of saturation most musicians can only dream of. Their stadium anthem "Centuries" was inescapable during ESPN's coverage of the College Football Playoff (the highest-rated event in the history of cable), it's #6 today on the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 15, 2015 - 4:28 pm

The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014

Two weeks ago we looked at the year's biggest pop songs; now let's run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. ("Bang… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Jessie Ware – “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe (J. Cole Remix)”

When I first heard "Kind Of... Sometimes... Maybe," Jessie Ware's Miguel collab from Tough Love, my first thought was not, "This needs a J. Cole verse tacked on the beginning," especially one that begins with the line, "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." But that was Cole's opinion when he heard the track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 22, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Watch J. Cole & Chance The Rapper Perform New Song “Thotty” In Chicago

Back in the spring, Chance The Rapper debuted a short untitled snippet of a song on Sirius radio station Shade 45. He recently performed that song, which is now called "Thotty," at Chicago's Spark In The Park festival. What he didn't disclose on the radio preview is that the track also features J. Cole, who… More »

By: James Rettig / September 8, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Frank Ocean, J. Cole Share Thoughts On Michael Brown Tragedy

On Sunday afternoon, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot the unarmed 18-year-old black man Michael Brown, and witnesses say that Brown had his hands up, attempting to surrender. Since then, protesters and police have clashed in Ferguson, with a militarized local police force bringing tanks and sniper rifles to demonstrations and firing smoke bom… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 15, 2014 - 11:04 am

Osheaga 2014: Lorde, The Replacements, HAIM, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, & More

More than most North American cities, Montreal gets it right when it comes to hosting music festivals. Fortunate enough to have a setting like Parc Jean-Drapeau, located in the heart of the city, a five-minute subway ride from downtown, the Canadian city is able to pull off a music-and-arts festival like Osheaga with relative ease. More »

By: Adrien Begrand / August 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Justin Timberlake – “TKO (Black Friday Remix)” (Feat. J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, & Pusha T)

Here's one of the stranger -- and most strangely satisfying -- remixes of the year. Justin Timberlake's "TKO" was originally a workable but underwhelming second-tier 20/20 Experience single -- just your average R&B-inflected dance-pop banger. Now it's a hip-hop posse track on which JT barely features and a trio of top MCs show up to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 2, 2013 - 11:33 am

Drake – “The Motion” & “Jodeci Freestyle”

October's Very Own took to their Blogspot this morning to post two new Drake songs. One is "The Motion," a song about shallow relationships featuring vocals by Sampha of SBTRKT. The other new song is "Jodeci Freestyle" featuring J. Cole. OVO also posted two new songs that feature Drake, collaborations with Migos and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Hear… More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 22, 2013 - 11:16 am

Kendrick Lamar – “The Jig Is Up (Dump’n)” (Prod. J. Cole & Canei Finch)

A week after Kendrick's great Good Kid m.A.A.d. City came out, the Compton rapper is proving he still has plenty of tracks in the tank. Here's another leering number he just posted, the dramatic gangster ode "The Jig Is Up (Dump'n)." It's produced by J. Cole and recent collaborator Canei Finch. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 30, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Drake Announces North American Tour

Last year, Drake gave the internet-rap insurgents of the world a vote of confidence when he took Kendrick Lamar and ASAP Rocky along as opening acts on his Club Paradise tour. That was cool. But the thing he's doing this summer could be even cooler. This time around, he's touring the arenas of the U.S. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 22, 2012 - 9:07 am

Beyoncé – “Party” Video (Feat. J. Cole)

In some sort of historically massive downgrade, the video for "Party," the Prince-funk jam from Beyoncé's album 4, replaces the great Andre 3000 guest appearance of the album version with an absolutely nothing verse from new guy J. Cole. No matter. Beyoncé continues to make great, sparkly videos. This one takes place almost entirely at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 27, 2011 - 9:11 am

J. Cole – “Mr. Nice Watch” (Feat. Jay-Z)

After all these years, a new Jay-Z verse is still a pretty big deal. Jay's newest guest verse appears on "Mr. Nice Watch," a track from his verbose and arguably too-sincere Roc Nation protege J. Cole. Cole produced the blippy, dubsteppy beat himself, and Jay really does spend his entire verse talking about watches. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 14, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Kanye “Looking For Trouble,” Serenading Delta Passengers, Joining 30 Seconds To Mars

Single art wise, Pusha T gets some prime billing on Kanye's latest G.O.O.D. Fridays track -- conversationally, Pusha T is getting some prime billing thanks to the overall endorsement Kanye's given him thanks to Pusha's practical ever-presence on Kanye's G.O.O.D. Fridays tracks. If there is one thing we should identify and endorse about West's generosity… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 8, 2010 - 8:53 am

Lollapalooza 2010 Friday: Lady Gaga And The Strokes, So Far Away Yet … Yeah, So Far Away

As much as Lolla's undercard is varied, and vast, it's a headliner's ball this year. Because this deep into the festival season we've seen nearly all of these bands plenty, and because Lolla has created some discourse-owning 8PM show-downs. Night one's was a study in contrasts: Lady Gaga, or the Strokes? We caught both, two… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 7, 2010 - 12:12 pm

Bumbershoot 2010 Lineup

Outside Lands's line-up announcement yesterday didn't inspire discussion, but maybe Bumbershoot, the other late-in-the-season (Pacific North)West Coast festival, will? The September festival announced the full line up today. Headliners are Bob Dylan, Neko Case, the Decemberists, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Mary J Blige, J. Cole, and one more "very special guest" they haven't announced yet. More »

By: jessica / June 2, 2010 - 2:31 pm