Stream: Dreamville Records- 'Revenge Of The Dreamers 2'

J. Cole & Dreamville Records' newest compilation album—Revenge Of The Dreamers II—is now available. After a pretty cool promotional idea where Cole emailed the album link to a few of his Twitter followers, the project has been released. It features Cole, Omen, Bas, Cozz, and a couple new signees: Ari Lennox and Lute. Stream it on Apple Music or get it on iTunes below.

 

 

-AO

J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar Release Black Friday Remixes Of Each Other's Songs

We have a lot to be thankful for lol. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have just blessed us with new music. They celebrated Black Friday by remixing each other's songs. Cole delivered a remix of "Alright" while Kendrick released a remix of "Tale Of 2 Citiez." Both rappers absolutely murdered their verses and this only increases anticipation for their rumored collaborative album. In Cole's remix, he alluded to some new music being released in February. This could be a new Cole album or this K.Dot-Cole album. Either way, I can't wait.

-AO

J. Cole- "Can I Kick It? (Remix)"

A Tribe Called Quest's classic album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will be re-released on tomorrow. The re-release will feature a few remixes of songs from the album and we already received Pharrell's remix of "Electric Relaxation." J. Cole's remix of "Can I Kick It?" has now been released and it's pretty smooth. He definitely should have a dropped a verse on the remix as the beat is perfect for him, but it's dope regardless. Check it out above and purchase the album below.

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-AO

The Summer Ends Festival Boasts Some Serious Headliners

This year's Summer Ends Festival in Tempe, Arizona kicks off on September 24th and runs through the weekend until September 27th. The final day of the festival boasts a serious hip-hop lineup as Kanye West, Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, Chance The Rapper and more all have sets that day. The four-day festival has even more dope artists on the lineup so you don't want to miss this. Get your tickets here and check the lineup above.

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J. Cole Announces 3rd Annual 'Dollar & A Dream' Tour

It seems like just yesterday when I was in line for J. Cole's first "Dollar & A Dream" Tour....and promptly told to leave the line when the House of Blues was at capacity lol. I was so close. Well, J. Cole has announced that this year's tour will be focused on Friday Night Lights as he will be performing the project in its entirety like he did for The Warm Up at last year's shows. He will be hitting Dallas, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles and entry will still be a dollar. I'm a little salty he won't be hitting Chicago this year as FNL as easily my favorite J. Cole project, but he was here for the past two years so I can't complain. Stay glued to his Twitter for the venues and check out the video below recapping last year's tour. Enjoy.

-AO

Boosie Badazz- "Black Heaven (feat. Keyshia Cole & J. Cole)"

I can easily say I have never really enjoyed one of Lil Boosie/Boosie Badazz's songs. But there's a first time for everything. Boosie is prepping the release of a new album, Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, and has revealed a new song called "Black Heaven." The song features some pretty impressive verses from Boosie while Keyshia Cole tackles the hook and J. Cole adds a verse towards the end. Boosie does a great job of envisioning what 'Black Heaven' would look like. Check out the track above and expect his album to drop on May 26th. Enjoy.

-AO

J. Cole- "Wet Dreamz" (Music Video)

J. Cole is consistently showing us that he is one of the best at interpreting his songs creatively through his music videos. He has now released the video for his song, "Wet Dreamz," and has delivered a story no one really expected haha. He and his directors always create videos that leave us with the "aah" moment at the end. Enjoy the video above.

-AO

Wale- "The Pessimist (feat. J. Cole)"

We are less than 48 hours away from the release of Wale's third studio album, The Album About Nothing. The latest offering from the album, "The Pessimist," features J. Cole on the hook while Wale spits verses about the trials and tribulations of living a "hopeless" life. Check it out above and cop his album on Tuesday. Enjoy.

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Cozz- "Knock Tha Hustle (Remix) (feat. J. Cole)" (Music Video)

I just recently finished listening to Cozz's album—Cozz & Effect— and it was not quite what I expected. I'd heard J. Cole's co-sign of the album on the last track of his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, and figured it was finally time to move this album up in my Spotify queue. After listening to the album, it's easy to see why J. Cole signed him to Dreamville Records. Stylistically, Cozz fits in with their sound; he brings a much harder style of lyricism to their sound but yet he seems to mesh with their message in general. I'm interested to see where he goes from here. Check out the music video for the remix to Cozz's "Knock Tha Hustle" with J. Cole above. Enjoy.

-AO

J. Cole Announces Act 2 and 3 of "Forest Hills Drive" Tour

J. Cole has announced the remaining tour dates for his "Forest Hills Drive" tour. Act 2 will take place overseas and feature Jhené Aiko, Pusha T, as well as Bas, Omen, and Cozz. Act 3 will take place in the popular, common US cities and will feature Big Sean, YG, Jeremih, as well as Bas, Omen, and Cozz. Check out the dates above and enjoy.

-AO

J. Cole Announces 'Forest Hills Drive' Tour

J. Cole has enjoyed much success from his surprise third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Now, he looks to add to that by announcing the "Forest Hills Drive" tour with his Dreamville label-mates Bas, Cozz, and Omen. It seems as if there will be multiple acts and stages of the tour and J. Cole describes the first act in the tweet below. Check out the dates below and keep checking here for tickets to be posted. More dates will be announced next week. Enjoy.

-AO

Watch the Southern University Marching Band Perform J. Cole's "Wet Dreamz"

The Southern University Marching Band in Louisiana decided to honor J. Cole and his latest album by performing the third track, "Wet Dreamz." The endeavor even caught the attention of J. Cole when he tweeted his appreciation below. Enjoy.


Top 15 Albums/Mixtapes of 2014

It's that time again. 2014 is nearing its end and so I must deliver my list of the top albums and mixtapes from this past year. Last year, I listed ten projects but I could have done a top ten list of R&B albums alone, so this year I decided to increase the list to 15. I must mention that this list does not signify what 15 projects were the absolute best projects of 2014. This list signifies the top 15 projects, in order, that I enjoyed the most in 2014. These are my favorite albums of 2014.

It's hard to be objective when it comes to music because music means something different to everyone that hears it. I can feel something in an album that someone else may not have gotten and that is why I treat this list the way I do. For example, I chose Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap as my favorite project from 2013. 2013 gave us albums from Drake, J. Cole, Kanye, and so much more. But, I'm a Chicago kid and Chance delivered that album from a perspective with which I could completely relate. It was musically brilliant and conceptually amazing. It was not hard to unequivocally choose Acid Rap as my favorite project last year. This year delivered even more solid albums and so now I give you my list.

1. 2014 Forest Hills Drive- J. Cole

2. Cadillactica- Big K.R.I.T.

3. Turn Blue- The Black Keys

4. Days Before Rodeo- Travi$ Scott

5. Oxymoron- ScHoolboy Q

6. Black Messiah- D'Angelo

7. Tough Love- Jessie Ware

8. Cilvia Demo- Isaiah Rashad

9. G  I  R  L- Pharrell Williams

10. Souled Out- Jhené Aiko

11. X- Chris Brown

12. In the Lonely Hour- Sam Smith

13. LP1- FKA twigs

14. The London Sessions- Mary J. Blige

15. Nobody's Smiling- Common

Honorable Mentions: Trigga- Trey Songz, Run The Jewels 2- Run the Jewels, Faces- Mac Miller, Z- SZA

Oh! Shout out to Childish Gambino's Because The Internet. It dropped shortly before I made last year's list and didn't make the cut because I hadn't had the time to truly appreciate it. But it deserved to make the list.

-AO