J. Cole is the 62nd most popular rap & hiphop music artist and the 78th most famous J. Cole is described by fans as: Inspiring, Talented, Relaxing, A great performer and Creative. One school of thought suggested the presence of kiLL edward was all an elaborate hoax, another that the experimental” nature of his fifth album might include a slackening of his aversion to sharing space with others. It takes KOD a matter of minutes to announce that the latter is very wrong: How come you won’t get a few features – I think you should?” Coles snaps on the title track. How about I don’t? How about you just get the fuck off my dick?” And so it proves: kiLL edward turns out to be Cole himself, his vocals slowed down, the reverse of Prince ‘s helium-voiced Camille.
Thirty minutes before the song’s release, Cole took to Instagram and Twitter to post numerous images of true middle children, including Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Madonna, John F. Kennedy, LiAngelo Ball, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez.
Cole’s fans expressed their dismay at this apparent announcement in the replies to this tweet — although some also voiced their hope that Cole’s reported collaborative album with Kendrick Lamar may still surface as it is thought to be a joint project.
While on the promotional run for his newly released album, Kirk , Charlotte rapper DaBaby appeared on Beats 1 radio to chop it up with Ebro Darden. A major point of discussion was DaBaby’s well-rounded skills, which gave him the ability to churn out both club bangers and lyrical cuts.
Cole released his debut studio album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, in 2011. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was soon certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His next two releases, 2013’s Born Sinner and 2014’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive, received mostly positive reviews from critics, and both were certified platinum in the United States. The latter earned him his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. In December 2016, Cole released his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum in April 2017. His fifth album, KOD, was released in April 2018. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200, making it his fifth album to reach number one on the chart.
Following three successful mixtapes, The Come Up in 2007, The Warm Up in 2009 and Friday Night Lights in 2010, Cole relased his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story on September 27, 2011 on N.C. Hip-Hop Day. His sophomore album is expected to be released in June 2012.
This is an album on which Cole sets himself up as the conscience of mainstream hip hop – the goofy, self-deprecating humour of his 2014 single Wet Dreamz and the warm contentment of Foldin’ Clothes are both conspicuous by their absence. Instead, we find Cole repeatedly raising a concerned eyebrow at drug use in the world of Xanax-fuelled rap and probing hip-hop’s obsession with money. It’s the kind of thing that could come off a little preachy but it doesn’t here, largely because Cole is always quick to implicate himself. He has, he claims, sipped so much Actavis I convinced Actavis that they should pay me”; while on ATM, he’s as guilty as anyone of allowing his wealth to define his self-worth. He’s also very good at unexpectedly flipping the script midway through a track. Brackets starts out sounding troublingly like a rich man moaning about having to pay tax, but ends up somewhere very different: an indictment of the inherent racism of US government spending.
Compared to Cole’s other albums, I believe this one falls short. Literally with only 10 songs and also in terms of lyrics and production. It additionally has perhaps too focused of an audience; whereas KOD can attract all with themes for the world and our American culture today.
Once notorious for going platinum” without needing ’em, this past year and a half Cole clearly wanted to show he knows how to play with friends. In a two year span, Cole released more features than he has in his entire career.
Revenge of the Dreamers III poses as a beautifully arranged album on which none of the features seem forced. It makes DaBaby and on a single together seem routine, a collaboration with J.I.D. and T.I. offer an example of poignant storytelling, and a surprise appearance from Kendrick Lamar flow perfectly with the rest of the high-quality bars scattered throughout the album. But more importantly, Revenge of the Dreamers III creates a sonically-pleasing reminder of what happens when J. Cole’s artistry knows no creative limits and offers hope for his future music.
New album ‘KOD,’ which topped the charts upon its April 2018 release, helped the rapper score some 2 billion streaming spins over the past 12 months. But it was his tour, approaching seven figures per stop, that landed Cole on the Celebrity 100 list for the first time.
When J Cole announced the imminent arrival of KOD earlier this week, some of excitement was caused by the tracklisting: not the titles themselves so much as the fact that two of them seemed to feature a guest appearance, albeit from a hitherto-unknown artist called kiLL edward. The one thing everyone knows about J Cole is that his albums almost never feature special guests – after his album 2014 Forest Hills Drive broke a Spotify streaming record previously held by One Direction, the phrase J Cole went platinum with no features ” turned from endlessly repeated boast to internet meme.
The third installment in the series includes new music from Cole, as well as outside collaborators like Vince Staples, T.I., Maxo Kream, DaBaby, Young Nudy, Ski Mask the Slump God, and more. Kendrick Lamar also makes an uncredited guest appearance on album opener Under the Sun,” as Pitchfork points out.
In the beginning of 2019, J. Cole did something unexpected: the head honcho of Dreamville sent out a mass invite for artists and producers to join him and his team for 10-day rap camp recording sessions in Atlanta for his label’s highly-anticipated Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation tape with the intent of getting as many features on the album as possible. The announcement of the recording sessions instantly built hype on social media as a big-ticket event in hip-hop. The resulting super-compilation tape demonstrates that J. Cole has finally mastered the art of collaboration.
J. Cole made no money from ticket sales (proceeds from each $1 ticket were donated to The Dreamville Foundation) but it has already paid off. Since 2015, his traditional concert tours have made nearly $60 million. His fourth studio album, 4 Your Eyez Only, went platinum in four months, and his latest album, KOD, has already broken streaming records on Spotify and Apple Music.
Cole took it easy on the University of North Carolina floor today, choosing to play spectator and leave the basketball to the professionals. Overall, it was certainly a fun and special way to kick off what will be quite a busy week for the Charlotte Hornets.
The Dollar & A Dream Tours made 19 stops in three years: nine in 2013, six in 2014 (including Raleigh, NC—which Cole had to argue for), and four in 2015. According to J. Cole’s 2014 interview with Noisey, each Dollar & A Dream show cost six-figures to run. If we assume $150,000 per each of the 19 stops, that’s almost $3 million total. Based on estimates, each small concert venue had an average of 3,000 fans. Across 19 stops, that’s nearly 60,000 day-ones who had their dreams come true. If we spread the $3 million across 60,000 fans, Cole created lasting connections with each fan for only $50. These connections become lifelong relationships—translating to future concert, album, and merchandise sales.
Jay Z once called himself rap’s Grateful Dead Beyonce’s husband still draws crowds at arenas, but J. Cole—the former Jay Z protege—is the rapper who’s following is most similar to the old rock band’s fanbase. J. Cole fans are hip-hop Deadheads with social media accounts. Both groups formed a subculture of tag lines, irrational takes, and pride themselves in their respective movements. Other rappers may be more popular than J. Cole, but is there another rapper more likely to command a strong concert showing 30 years from now? Probably not.
J. Cole is retiring from doing guest verses.Â In a tweet, while promoting his last feature on Guru’s song Gang Starr,Â he says it’s a wrap for this extensive feature run.
North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams doesn’t know much about Cole’s music, but he does recognize his playing skill. 18. J Cole went on to buy back ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ and will use it to home families in need.
Other rappers on his label are not the best known in the music industry, but there is some serious talent to work with. Cole’s song ‘Tribe’ with Bas, another Dreamville rapper, was one of the best rap songs of 2018.
Fans know that J. Cole always wants to spread his message any chance he can. I got to experience this when I attended a concert for his 2014 Forest Hills Drive album in 2015. He found great openers to complement his style and energy, and at the same time identify what he is up against: modern music. This is true since no one really matches Cole’s message and themes. He’s one of a kind.
American rapper J. Cole took to Instagram on Sunday to announce Revenge of The Dreamers III, a new collaboration album being put together by his New York based label Dreamville.
It’s actions like this that have made him a rapper that even presidents can praise. Cole was invited to the White House to meet with Barack Obama in spring 2016, something he rapped about on the track “High for Hours.” Obama later commented: This is the benefit of having teenage daughters, I actually keep up… I love J. Cole.” Endorsements don’t come much bigger.
J. Cole announced that he’ll embark on a 34-date tour in support of his chart-topping new album KOD, with special guests Young Thug, Jaden Smith, and Earthgang. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will stop in Nashville on September 17 at Bridgestone Arena.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2017 — Multi-platinum-selling artist J. Cole announces today that he will hit the road for a 57-city world tour. The 4 Your Eyez Only” Tour kicks off in South Carolina with a run of thirteen small, intimate shows before going into Live Nation arenas in North America and the U.K., along with a mix of arena and theatre dates in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Further outlining his approach to hip-hop songwriting, Cole explains that his working methods have gradually changed. “I always used to find the sample first, and create the rest of the beat around the sample. But I don’t do that much any more. There are maybe one or two songs on Born Sinners that started with a sample, like the song ‘Rich Niggaz’, for which I used a sample by Télépopmusik, and I really kept it minimal by just adding a kick and a snare. But my go-to process these days is to start with the drums because I can always, in the blink of an eye, turn on the computer and create drums that I love. It takes me three or four or five, or perhaps 10 or 15 minutes. It’s really easy for me to make some drums that excite me out of thin air! So I first create drums that move me and excite me, and I may then look for a sample that fits with the feel of the drums. Or I will play a line or a riff that fits with the drums and build the track around that.
As if to underline that J Cole albums come free of padding, KOD’s most emotionally impactful lyrics are on tracks labelled as interludes and outros, words that normally guarantee you won’t miss much if you hit fast-forward. Not here. The interlude Once an Addict turns out to be a heartbreaking, unsparing examination of his mother’s alcoholism and Cole’s own inability to intervene or help. The outro Window Pain concerns a child Cole met through his not-for-profit organisation the Dreamville Foundation, who attempted to make sense of her cousin’s shooting by suggesting it was all part of God’s masterplan, a signal that Jesus was coming back so we can rejoice with him and have our time”.
J. Cole is the first rapper in 25 years to have an album go platinum without any big guest collaborators. In 2015 I joined J. Cole and Bas (accompanied by Big Sean, YG and Jeremiah) on their sold out North American tour for a month as a designer.
Cole dropped his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only on December 9, 2016, the 2nd anniversary of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Once again, the album went platinum with no credited features.
Many artists and companies follow the 1,000 True Fans theory : to earn $100,000, you only need 1,000 fans who consume your work enough to equal $100 in profit per fan per year. J. Cole might have converted 60,000 day-ones into true fans from the Dollar & A Dream Tour alone. And considering the impact from his other work, that number is likely higher.