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The Week In Pop

6LACK Wishes He Was A Rapper, But As An R&B Singer He’s On The Right Track

"I'm an R&B nigga with a hip-hop core." That's 6LACK, the Atlanta singer born Ricardo Valentine, on "Scripture," a track from East Atlanta Love Letter,…
Chris DeVille | September 27, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, as you're reading this, I am en route to Los Angeles, to work on a very strange and exciting freelance assignment that I'm…
Tom Breihan | June 22, 2018 - 11:18 am

The Week In Pop

America’s Pop Mainstream Is Finally Making Room For Languages Other Than English

Quick: Who's the biggest pop star in the world? Taylor Swift? Drake? Beyoncé? Justin Bieber? Rihanna? Ed Sheeran? These are all viable candidates, but if…
Chris DeVille | May 31, 2018 - 5:07 pm

More J. Cole stories

J. Cole Admits He Didn’t Vote In 2016 Despite Campaigning For Hillary

J. Cole, rap's desperate conscience, recently sat down for an interview for a Billboard cover story and, naturally, he had some things to say.
James Rettig | September 27, 2018 - 1:26 pm

J. Cole Cancels Dreamville Because Of Hurricane Florence

J. Cole's first ever Dreamville festival has been canceled because of Hurricane Florence. SZA, Young Thug, Nelly, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Saba, and J. Cole,…
Julia Gray | September 10, 2018 - 7:23 pm

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer” Video

Back in May, Donald Glover premiered a striking Childish Gambino music video for his new song, "This Is America." It was an exciting teaser for…
Julia Gray | September 2, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Jay Rock – “OSOM” (Feat. J. Cole) Video

The past few days in rap music criticism have been consumed with conversations about Nas' new album and JAY-Z and Beyoncé's new album and the…
Peter Helman | June 20, 2018 - 2:13 pm

The Week In Pop

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

Charlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless.
Chris DeVille | May 10, 2018 - 2:46 pm

The Week In Pop

Post Malone Doesn’t Care About Rap Music

It's one of my life's great regrets, but I can't deny it: Last Friday I helped Post Malone's new album Beerbongs & Bentleys break the…
Chris DeVille | May 3, 2018 - 5:11 pm

J. Cole Is First Act To Debut 3 Songs In Hot 100 Top 10

As J. Cole scores his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated May 5), as KOD arrives with 397,000 equivalent album units,…
Xander Zellner / Billboard | April 30, 2018 - 8:19 pm

Straight To Video

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Last night, Janelle Monáe unveiled the 45-minute short-film companion piece to Dirty Computer, her excellent new album. There aren't many artists who could convince me…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2018 - 3:12 pm

J. Cole Calls His Critics “Idiots” In Recent Interview

J. Cole would like to assure you that he’s just like you. This seems to be the overarching message in an exclusive new interview he…
Israel Daramola / Spin | April 25, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Status Ain't Hood

J. Cole Wants, So Badly, To Be Rap’s Conscience

"Life can bring much pain," a woman tells us in the opening moments of KOD, the album that J. Cole released last Friday. She sounds…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2018 - 11:16 am

Miguel – “Come Through And Chill” (Feat. J. Cole) Video

Have you seen Miguel live lately? It's staggering how good that guy is at being a professional entertainer. A few weeks ago, he played a…
Tom Breihan | April 25, 2018 - 10:52 am

J. Cole – “Kevin’s Heart” Video (Feat. Kevin Hart)

This past Friday, without a whole lot of advance notice, J. Cole released his new album KOD. It's a concept album of sort, and it's…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2018 - 12:23 pm
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