Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have both been teasing a future collaborative project for years now, and have left their respecitve fanbases impatiently awaiting any official confirmation or release date, or anything. Now we have reason to hope this album is coming sooner than we imagined.
Further increasing the hype of their collaborative album, J Cole has just released a track titled “Black Friday” rapping over Kendrick’s hit “Alright” while Kendrick also released a new track “Black Friday” rapping over J Cole’s “ A Tale of 2 Citiez.” Kendrick takes a step back from the jazz style we heard on his 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly and hits home with some impressive bars only Kdot can deliver while J Cole offers his always on-point verses. Now that these two artists are riding the wave of success following their critically acclaimed albums we hope they have time to work on their joint project we’ve all been waiting for.
Kendrick Lamar – Black Friday
J Cole – Black Friday
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, they’ve unveiled J Cole’s remix of “Can I Kick it?” as a bonus track off the album’s reissue. The reissued album version also includes a Cee Lo Green remix of “Footprints” and a Pharrell Williams remix of “Bonita Applebum,” and will be released 11/13.
J Cole’s platinum selling 2014 Forest Hills Drive solidified him as one of NYC’s most promising hip hop talents, and he’s stayed quiet since its release last December. Cole's self-produced instrumentals turned heads as he showed he can craft a beat just about as well as he can put together a verse. J Cole’s remix doesn’t offer a new verse, but leaves the classic verses intact while delivering a smooth, laid back variant of the instrumental bringing a new spin on a classic hip hop track.
A Tribe Called Quest "Can I Kick It?" (J. Cole remix)
Jeremih continues his comeback sprint following his collaboration with producer Shlomo on the No More EP, being featured on "Party Girls" with Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa and Cashmere Cat, and his other recent, and successful singles. Today we get Jeremih's nex single with a song featuring J. Cole, titled "Planes".
This song originally surfaced months back at a Chance The Rapper show; the track was supposed to see a feature from Chance himself but it looks like things have changed and J. Cole has taken on the role. I can imagine based off the clip we featured of the original Chance version that it must have been dope, but J. Cole did manage to step up here and kills it. This song blends hip-hop and R&B seamlessly for a song bringing out the best of both artists. Listen below and we will keep you updated on the official release. Enjoy!
Jeremih – Planes (Ft. J. Cole)
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
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