Let Nas Down (Remix) [feat. Nas] – J. Cole

I almost jumped out of my seat when I saw this. The original Let Nas Down, was my favorite song on Born Sinner and I have already seen talk of that becoming one of the classic hip-hop songs of our generation. This response from Nas is also great, and in my opinion further cements the importance and greatness of the original. Nas raps about his own journey coming up, and advises Cole to create his own lane, not follow the footsteps of any other rapper. I’ll be listening to both this remix and the original for a long time.

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Jodeci Freestyle (feat. J. Cole) – Drake

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Drake and Cole dropped off this boastful track yesterday. For anyone who doesn’t know, Jodeci was a band in the 1980s, and women used to go crazy over the band members. So, naturally Drizzy and Cole spit about the women they get, as well as their wealth and overall superiority compared to other rappers. Cole definitely deserves to brag after Born Sinner sold far above its initial first-week projections. This track also proves that while Drake might be better known for his bangers at this point in his career, he can still bring it lyrically. Check out the track below.

Listen to Jodeci Freestyle: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/drake-jodeci-freestyle-song.1438063.html

Born Sinner (Album) – J. Cole

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I’m a few days late on this one but it seemed like the perfect post to make my comeback to the blog. Born Sinner is nothing short of a masterpiece. Unlike on his debut album, Cole was not under pressure from his label to make commercial tracks. Able to make the deep music that he does best, Cole delivered the album of the year to this point. Born Sinner sees Cole contemplate the state of rap, the problems facing our nation, and above all his own feelings since releasing Cole World: The Sideline Story. He went through a very dark period after dropping his last album, saying he feels as if he essentially sold his soul to the devil in the hopes of making money and radio music. The dark tone of the album matches his feelings, and it is one of the most emotional and meaningful projects I have ever heard. I know I said this above, but I don’t know how to describe the album other than “masterpiece.” It should go down as a classic, and Cole says that Born Sinner marks the beginning of his prime. If this is the beginning, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Buy Born Sinner on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/born-sinner-deluxe-version/id651105499

Niggaz Know – J. Cole

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J. Cole dropped off this new song late last night. It’s unclear whether this will appear on Born Sinner or if it is just a gift to fans, but this definitely made me even more excited to hear the album. Cole rhymes on a solid beat, brining some of the realest lyrics in the game as usual. I like that he seems to have a chip on his shoulder about Cole World: The Sideline Story underselling. If Born Sinner is anything like this, it should sell tons of copies. Check out the track below and the album on June 18.

Listen on HotNewHipHop: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/j-cole-niggaz-know-song.1403017.html

J. Cole Reveals Born Sinner Cover Art and New Release Date

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Today we finally get the album cover(s) for J. Cole’s upcoming album, Born Sinner. The black art on the top is the standard cover, while the image on the bottom is for the deluxe edition. Cole also announced that the album will no longer be released on June 25 as was previously intended; the release date has been pushed up to June 18. Reportedly, Cole wants to compete with Kanye West’s Yeezus, which also is set to drop on June 18. I don’t know if that’s a great business move, but I love the ambition and competitive spirit that it shows on Cole’s part. It’s clear that he wants to be the best, and based on the work he’s done so far, that definitely seems like a possibility.

Truly Yours 2 – J. Cole

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As he promised last night on Twitter, Cole just let go of Truly Yours 2. I haven’t had a chance to listen to any of it yet (except for Cole Summer, which dropped earlier today and is sick), but I’m sure it is awesome. The mini-project is a group of 6 songs that did not make it onto Born Sinner, some due to quality and others due to not matching the album conceptually. Cole handled a lot of the production himself, but also got help from Canei Finch and Jake One. There is one feature from Bas, and artist signed to Cole’s Dreamville label. I can’t wait to hear these six tracks, and I’m sure that once I do I will be looking forward to June 25th even more in anticipation of Born Sinner.

P.S. I love the cover art for these Truly Yours tapes. I’m not even being sarcastic; I actually think it’s really original.

Listen and Download Truly Yours 2 on HotNewHipHop: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/j-cole-truly-yours-2-mixtape.83341.html

J. Cole Announces Truly Yours 2 Will Release Tonight

After dropping Cole Summer, J. Cole announced on Twitter yesterday that he would be releasing Truly Yours 2. The tweet above was made last night. Which means that the compilation should drop sometime today. I think it is safe to assume that, like the original Truly Yours, this project will just be a group of songs that for whatever reason did not make it onto Born Sinner. Regardless, I am pumped to get some new music from Cole. Check back tonight to hear Truly Yours 2.