So we are a music blog, not a news website, so it felt a little weird reporting on the tragic killing of the unarmed man by a police officer and surrounding events happening in Ferguson, Missouri, yet when J. Cole, a rapper who we've featured extensively on our site decides to release a song dedicated solely to it, it felt even worse not reporting on the subject.
J. Cole delivers this new song "Be Free" which his a quite a powerful 4 minute ballad over a simple piano line that couldn't set the mood anymore right. We hear an unbelievably passionate sounding Cole on the break of tears simply fed up with the corrupted actions of his country.
Here is a statement from J. Cole himself to go with the song touching on "tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men."
There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It's so easy to try to save the world when you're in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don't give a fuck if it's by police or peers. This shit is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel.
Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.
J. Cole – Be Free | Stream Only
Nas just reaffirmed how incredible of an artist he is by clearing the air about one of the newest J. Cole tracks. The song “Let Nas Down” on J. Cole’s recent Born Sinner album is a reference to J. Cole being a lifetime fan of Nas and then finding out that he hated Cole’s debut single “Work Out” from his previous album.
Nas delivers a response to “Let Nas Down” by adding his own verse on the song. Instead of letting him down, he encourages him with advice on working with Jay-Z, labels and future pressure. He even goes as far to say how he “plays Born Sinner loud”, and how he “Made Nas Proud”. It gives me goosebumps hearing Nas give J. Cole so much respect, who idolizes the man.
J. Cole – Let Nas Down (Remix Ft. Nas) | Download
J. Cole – Let Nas Down (Original) | Purchase Born Sinner
J. Cole is right on the tip of releasing his sophomore record Born Sinner set to drop next week on June 18th. On the release is “Forbidden Fruit” Cole’s highly anticipated collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. The result lives up to the buzz with some amazing production providing just the right soundtrack for Cole and Kendrick lay down their signature styles. Having these two forces on one track is deadly. I can only hope we see more from this unstoppable collaboration. Pre-Order J. Cole’s Born Sinner Album. Enjoy!
J. Cole – Forbidden Fruit (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) | Pre-Order Album
The Denver based electronic duo Two Fresh takes the hip-hop single “Power Trip” from J. Cole featuring Miguel and give it a downtempo trap styled spin. They speed up the original vocals and instrumental chopping it up and adding some new drums and signature sounds leaving us with a fresh new rendition. This song couldn’t be more fit for summer and the sunny weather, listen and grab the free download below and make sure to follow these talented twins. Enjoy!
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J. Cole – Power Trip (Two Fresh Remix) | Download
J. Cole let’s loose the perfect song to help kick off the sunny weather, “Cole Summer”. He has gratiouslly given it out for free as we wait for his full length Born Sinner set for a June 25th release. The song has some great production a solid chorus, and some unreal verses from Cole. This is an instant summer hit. Enjoy!
J. Cole – Cole Summer | Direct Download
Earlier in the week J. Cole dropped us off the 5 track Free EP Truly Yours, and now we get the debut single off his sophomore album Born Sinner set to release on Roc Nation. Here are J. Cole’s words on “Power Trip (Ft. Miguel)”: “I’ve always wanted to use my voice to shift culture, even if just a millimeter. This song is one of my strongest to date and I look forward to hearing fans reactions.” Think it is one of his strongest to date? I am loving it. Now available for purchase through iTunes.
J. Cole – Power Trip (feat. Miguel) | iTunes
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It has been awhile since we heard anything new from J. Cole, and to tide over his fans he just let loose a 5 track free release. Truly Yours EP features some great songs that didn’t make the cut for his upcoming album which he says is his best work yet. Despite not being on the album, they are still just as great, and way better then most the free tracks artists rappers put out. As he says “Vibe out to these songs in their raw form, no polish.. just a lot of my soul”. His wordplay and lyricism is incredible as expected. If these are the songs that didn’t make the cut, I can’t wait to here the album, which Cole said we will get to here the first single from later this week! Enjoy.
J. Cole – Truly Yours | Download EP
J. Cole - Can I Holla At Ya
J. Cole - Crunch Time
J. Cole - Rise Above
J. Cole - Tears For ODB
J. Cole – Stay (2009)
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Alright.. so this track surfaced a few months back.. but my friend Jordan just showed it to me.. and it’s insanely good. I have always wanted to hear a proper club ready bass heavy remix of J. Cole, but nothing I heard ever quite worked. Well Overwerk took J. Cole’s track “Over Work” and and completely destroyed it, ending with ”Werk Out (Overwerk Remix)”. This massive electro / moombahton remix brings out J. Cole’s vocals and adds a hard hitting edge that works unbelievably well. He was nice enough to toss out a free download. Turn it up, enjoy!
J. Cole – Werk Out (Overwerk Remix) | Direct Download
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Hot damn.. Here is another J Cole that I instantly can’t stop replaying. “Miss America” is an incredible new hip-hop track. From the extra fresh production to the relentless lyricism, J. Cole really delivers here on “Miss America”. From the chorus to the verses, it’s chalked full of golden lines from J. Cole. One of my favorite tracks I have heard him in quite some time. This track is available through iTunes. Don’t miss J. Cole’s remix to Major Lazer here. Enjoy!
J. Cole – Miss America | iTunes
We get a brand new track from Kendrick Lamar, right after releasing one of the best hip-hop albums of the year Good Kid M.A.A.D City which sold 240k+ copies in it’s first week by the way. The song is “The Jig Is Up”, and is produced by J. Cole & Canei Finch. Kendrick talks about about real recognizing real, and the jig being up. For some reason I never realized it, but Kendrick reminds me of a youthful Kanye a little. The more I hear from him, the more I grow to love his style. Enjoy!
Kendrick Lamar – The Jig Is Up (Dump’n) Prod. by J.Cole & Canei Finch | Direct Download
I can’t get over how amazing this collaboration is. Major Lazer (Aka Diplo) and J. Cole.. one of my favorite rappers alive right now with one of my favorite producers. “Get Free Coleworld” is the first single off their collaboration mixtape #GETFREE.. which is obviously going to be one of the biggest releases of 2012 if it comes out this year, or 2013 if come out then. Sit back.. throw this track on repeat, grab the free download, enjoy!
J. Cole x Major Lazer – Get Free ColeWorld | Direct Download
J. Cole lets loose a new track “I’m A Fool” produced by himself, and it’s pretty dope. It’s got some cool vocals samples mixed with real solid drums. J. Cole spits some solid lines throughout. It’s hard to not like a new J. Cole track. Also included is his track “The Cure” talking about some real topics concerning the hip-hop game, and his “Cure”. It’s easily one of my favorite J. Cole tracks to date, enjoy both of these!
J. Cole – I’m A Fool (Produced by J. Cole ) | Direct Download
J. Cole – The Cure| Direct Download
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