J. Cole – Born Sinner (Web Series – Ep. 2 with Kendrick Lamar)
J. Cole kicked off his Born Sinner web series last week with his mom documenting the day Cole was able to get her to retire. Click here to watch episode 2, which features Kendrick Lamar deeply reflecting on music. He explains why it’s a sin for him and Cole not to rap, recollects a question Erykah Badu asked him, and talks about the change that happened when his album dropped. All the while, the background subtly follows Lamar’s thoughts. Cole’s sophomore LP, Born Sinner, drops June 25.
Born Sinner (Web Series – Ep.3)
His mom and fellow emcee Kendrick Lamar have both taken part in J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” web series. For the latest installment, Dreamville co-founder Ibrahim “IB” Hamad speaks on the birth and evolution of ideas. “There’s a great idea in every idea you get. It might not be there yet, but it could be the beginning of something great.” He goes on to articulate the ideas behind the origin of Dreamville and Born Sinner’s move to June 18.
After speaking on Kanye West’s “New Slaves,” Kendrick Lamar converses with Sway about Molly. If you watched Kendrick’s music video for “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” all the way until the end, you’ll remember the black screen with white letters that spelled out “Death to Molly” that appeared. Sway asked the Compton emcee what he meant by it. K-Dot explained he’s aiming to “keep hip hop original and push away the corniness.” & from his perspective the bad trend of complacency it has set on hip hop.
Ab-Soul gives his opinion on the Hip-Hop police, being on Kendrick Lamar’s skits for “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”, touring & much more!
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With “Fine China” garnering widely positive reviews Chris Brown has announced that Aaliyah will feature on the next single for his sixth studio album X.
Entitled “They Don’t Know”, the song features never-before-heard vocals from the late songstress. Chris revealed the news to reporters at the BET Awards 2013 press conference on earlier today. “I got something special for my fans. It’s called ‘They Don’t Know”. All new stuff that’s never been heard before, it’s something special for all my fans.”
The singer shot a video for the song in L.A. on the weekend and explained the concept to HollywoodLife. “I shot it in the hood, I wanted to bring both worlds together in the video and try to uplift the positive side of the community. I mean I come from Virginia, but everyone come from a broken home or broke, I remember when I was!”
A six-second snippet of the song was posted on Vine, and while it’s a little premature to judge it sounds like Chris has another hit on his hands, with Aaliyah’s lush vocals and the heavy beat complimenting each other perfectly.
Chris’ upcoming album X will be released on July 16, and boasts guest features from Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, with production from Pharrell, Timbaland, Drumma Boy and Polow Da Don.
Miguel goes shopping in Los Angeles with his stylist to find some threads to wear out on the town.
The Compton rapper has just joined forces with the lovely Solange Knowles for her new single “Looks Good with Trouble.” An original version of the song was featured on her True EP, but the songstress now adds a more timid vibe to this new take while Kendrick serves listeners with some food for thought. This song is full of chilled synths which have been greatly tweaked and expanded to create a slightly eery but soothing sound. K-Dot fits in perfectly, providing a flowing account of heartache in London as well as his listening to of Huddersfield’s finest, James Mason. Support here.
Brooklyn veteran Talib Kweli offers up a stream of the complete album a day early. With the singles “Rocket Ships” featuring Busta Rhymes and the Miguel-assisted “Come Here,” now get the chance to listen to the full album. Kweli states that he “wanted to make an album that really spoke to the lives that people are living,” the album also features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Nelly, Curren$y and several others. Drawing inspiration from classic “hip-hop love albums” The Love Below and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Prisoner of Conscious is sure to cause waves. Stream below and pick up the album on iTunes tomorrow.
Includes Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Wale, Kendrick Lamar, Fabolous, Miguel, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Joe Budden and more. Of course, per usual, there will also be surprise appearances, as you can go ahead and get your tickets today here.