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Analyzing J. Cole's '2014 Forest Hills Drive' And His Place In Hip Hop

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

With little warning, J. Cole announced Nov. 17 plans to release his third studio album, "2014 Forest Hills Drive." A mere three weeks later, on Dec. 9...

J. Cole Visits Morehouse Students

Timothy Tukes | Posted 11.24.2014 | College
Timothy Tukes

There on the side street juxtaposed to Chivers, Mays and Dansby Halls, a crowd of more than two hundred wide-eyed, screaming students gathered with cell phones in hand stand ready to digitally record some unforgettable moment.

J. Cole Announces New Album Coming In December

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

Rumors began swirling on Sunday that J. Cole was planning to release a new album in December titled "2014 Forest Hills Drive" after a pre-order popped...

Rapper Mourns For Michael Brown In Tribute Song

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices

A week after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, people across the country are demanding j...

A Shift in Hip Hop: What Kendrick's Verse Didn't Do

Mahogany Clayton | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Mahogany Clayton

While there are still some remaining musical gems, there is too much talent out there for us to be forced to listen to garbage more often than not. The radio should be riddled with forceful rhymes, instead it's bass-filled beats to stifle the lack of skill on every track.

2 Chainz Performs At U Of M's MUSIC Matters' Benefit Concert

Sydney Berger | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
Sydney Berger

The organization, which started two-and-a-half years ago with Schermer, nine friends, and a hundred dollars in a Michigan dorm room, now has 150 members and a growing alumni backing.

Why Generation Y Is Addicted to Living Life Above the Law

Brian Hanley | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

My generation must now assume responsibility for its actions. We need to work hand in hand with lawmakers to strike a balance in which copyright law protects existing intellectual property, but doesn't stifle the creation of future intangible assets.

VH1 Airing Six Nights Of Live Concerts Before Super Bowl

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.24.2014 | Entertainment

Just as players, performers and an endless sea of promoters descend upon New York City for the Super Bowl, VH1 is running a six-night series of live c...

J. Cole Has Some Words For Kendrick Lamar

Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment

Justin Timberlake has rounded up a few of his hip-hop compatriots to assist on a remix of "TKO," the "20/20 Experience - 2 of 2" track that's currentl...

In Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar Is King

Timothy Cooper | Posted 12.01.2013 | Black Voices
Timothy Cooper

Right now, Kendrick is king. His innovation runs deep, and I hope it runs deep enough to avoid the shallowness of an industry that too often neglects freshness and comfortably embraces the modus operandi.

Elton John Gets Huge Crowd Reaction At iHeartRadio Festival

AP | MESFIN FEKADU | Posted 11.21.2013 | Entertainment

LAS VEGAS — Elton John may not have a current hit on the radio, but he earned the most cheers at the iHeartRadio music festival. John was one o...

J. Cole's New Video Asks the U.S. to 'Reconsider Your War on Drugs'

Kassandra Frederique | Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment
Kassandra Frederique

Wednesday, Roc Nation recording artist J. Cole released the video for his new single "Crooked Smile." This powerful video is based on the 2010 murder of Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old girl killed during a police raid in Detroit.

Singer Drops Emotional New Video

Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment

J. Cole released the music video to his new single "Crooked Smile" with the two remaining members of TLC on Wednesday. The visuals to the collaboratio...

Rapper: 'Obama Would Not Be President If He Were Dark Skin'

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 08.22.2013 | Entertainment

Rapper J. Cole released his sophomore album, "Born Sinner," earlier this year, but he's doing a round of press in promotion of a video game that's usi...

Where Music and Style Meet: The Christian Rich Brand

Rai Mensah | Posted 10.13.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Christian Rich, the production team duo creating a name for themselves within music and style. From DJ sets at the Stussy store to touring Europe, these twin brothers always incorporate a unique sense of style when performing.

Drake Joins J. Cole In Apology For Autism Lyric

Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment

Just a few days after J. Cole apologized for a lyric about autism that many labeled offensive, Drake has stepped up to do the same. The two collaborat...

Actress Provides Moving Explanation Of Why J. Cole's Lyrics Are Offensive

Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents

Mom, actress and autism activist Holly Robinson Peete first came across the lyrics to Drake's song, "Jodeci Freestyle," when her 15-year-old son, R.J....

Rapper Apologizes For Autism Lyric

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.20.2013 | Entertainment

SAN DIEGO — Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that ...

Rapper J. Cole Apologizes For Autism Lyric

AP | By CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.20.2013 | Entertainment

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog po...

Autism, Sensitivity and Hip-Hop Culture

Lou Melgarejo | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Lou Melgarejo

I think that performers can stay true to their roots while being sensitive to diversity and disability. You don't need to spew misogynistic lyrics, fuel homophobia in the urban community or use a serious condition that affects 1 in 88 children as an insult or a punch line.

REPLACED

Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment

J. Cole has officially made his way to the top. The 28-year-old rapper nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week with his sophomore alb...

J. Cole: Rapper, Producer and... Body Image Counselor?

Baze Mpinja | Posted 08.21.2013 | Black Voices
Baze Mpinja

Although "Crooked Smile" is a refreshing display of social awareness, it doesn't mean that Cole's entire album is warm and fuzzy. Rappers have the right to say what they want, and offensive lyrics aren't going away anytime soon.

J. Cole Lives Up To The Hype

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices

J. Cole, "Born Sinner" (Roc Nation/Columbia) J. Cole continues to live up to the hype he initially got from rap great Jay-Z, delivering an assortment...

Kia Makarechi

'I Feel Like I've Done A Lot For Hip-Hop'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment

Like Drake before him and Kendrick Lamar sort-of after him, J. Cole's one of those rappers who doesn't pretend he's free of emotions. He's the dude wh...

J. Cole and the Transformation of Hip Hop

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.03.2013 | Entertainment
Stephanie R. Caudle

The more I listened to the song, the more I put it on repeat because I recognized that J. Cole was telling the story of so many men, women, boys and girls across the world.