When J. Cole‘s album, Born Sinner, dropped in June, the music world took notice. The 28-year-old’s second LP elevated his status in the hip-hop community and has been praised for its high production value and epic storytelling. Cole reveals the meaning and origin of Born Sinner track “Crooked Smile” in his Life & Rhymes special with MTV, as well as takes us along on trip to his old neighborhood.
Finally, the most talked about moment from the 2013 Do Something! Awards is available for you to watch over and over again! Of course, there were a bevy of highlights during VH1′s annual awards show that aired back on July 31, but none that caused the kind of social media uproar as when surprise guest Jennifer Hudson teamed up with hip-hop’s newest superstar, J. Cole, for a moving performance of Cole’s anthem of empowerment, “Crooked Smile.”
J. Cole hits the VH1 stage at tonight’s 2013 Do Something Awards, honoring celebrities Jennifer Hudson, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, LL COOL J and Patrick Dempsey for their amazing social change leadership. We caught up with the Roc Nation prince during rehearsals to get the details on his recently announced tour, artists he has his eye on, and what it was like to be partying with Jigga, Justin Timberlake, and Nas the other night.
Remember that little sales competition between Kanye West and J. Cole? Well it’s not over yet. Yeezus falls to Born Sinner as “Blurred Lines” continues to dominate the singles chart as SoundScanner investigates:
The Philly 4th Of July Jam was one fabulous fest of fun, especially ’cause we had J.Cole and Ne-Yo to turn up the volume. J. Cole’s performance of “Work Out” made us sweat with excitement and Ne-Yo’s “Because Of You” gave us butterflies. Vote now and tell us which of these hip-hop heart-breakers rocked their music video just as hard as the stage. Read more…
J. Cole is just one of the many spectacular artists that will be performing tomorrow night at the Philly 4th Of July Jam, but that’s not the only thing that this burgeoning hip-hop superstar is looking forward to tomorrow. Of course, July 4 also marks the high-profile release of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, a project that was developed in near secrecy, but also one that’s game-changing marketing campaign is drawing raves.
July kicks off next week and that means 2013 is half over, y’all! A lot of music has been been released this year, and whether it’s via a returning veteran or a fresh up-and-comer, we now present you with VH1 staff picks for the best songs of the year (so far…)
Proud papa Kanye West adds another No. 1 album to his resume with his in-your-face Yeezus, while “Blurred Lines” continues to dominate the singles chart. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales figures: