Daily Archives: September 10, 2011

My Exclusive Interview With J. Cole: Jay-Z’s Protege Speaks On His Debut LP, 1st Time Meeting Jay-Z, Branding Himself, Mixtapes & More

This Fall Jay-Z’s protégé and Roc Nation rapper J. Cole will be releasing his highly anticipated debut album, entitled Cold World: The Sideline Story. A day after performing on the first date of his “Cold World” tour in Vancouver, I phoned Cole for a quick conversation. During the interview, Cole shared some of his wildest tour moments, discussed his first time meeting Jay-Z, branding himself, the importance of mixtapes and his debut album. The disc has collaborations with Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Drake and Trey Songz.

I know you’re on a world tour, on Tuesday (July 23), you performed the opening night in Vancouver. How was it there?

It was great; the fans was standing up screaming and rapping the lyrics to my songs.

I read on your Twitter page that a female in the front row stole the cell phone out of your pockets. How did that happen?

I was performing and got a little too close to the crowd and she grabbed my pockets and took my phone. I got it back the same night; right after the concert.

Was that your crazier experiences while on the road?

Yeah, that was.

On September 27, you will be releasing your official album Cold World: The Sideline Story; what can the fans expect from the album?

They can expect a high level of music from the productions, to the stories, to the concept. I feel like rap is in a comfortable space right now. Everybody is rapping about the same things, in the same way with the same flow and the same beat. That’s cool but I wanted to come with something different and shake up the game.

Who are some of the artists and producers you worked with on the album?

I worked with Jay-Z, Trey Songz, Drake, Missy Elliott, No I.D. and a few others.

How does it feel to be the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation?

It feels great; it’s definitely a blessing and an honor. I signed two and a half years ago. The honeymoon is over. It’s about putting this album out, and getting to a place where I want to be in this game which is the very top.

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Shots Fired! Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group Takes Shots At Young Jeezy On Twitter

As I previous reported, rapper Young Jeezy’s new LP Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition was scheduled to hit stores September 20. As of press, there is still no official tracklisting, no online pre-orders and no official video. Therefore, I believe Jeezy’s album was not only pushed back but I don’t think the disc will ever see the light of day.

Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group recently took to their official Twitter account @MaybachMusicGrp and fired some shots that were aimed directly at Young Jeezy. Rick Ross also retweeted the shots that were fired. Peep the tweets below:

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Life Of The Party: Swizz Beatz, Carmelo Anthony, Diddy & More Attends John Wall’s 21st Birthday

This past Thursday (Sept 8.) NBA player Carmelo Anthony, music producer Swizz Beatz, rapper Drake, mogul Diddy and DJ Khaled all were spotted partying at the Greenhouse in NYC. They were there celebrating Washington Wizards point guard John Wall 21st birthday. Peep the pictures below:

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Really Big Bands: Wiz Khalifa & Taylor Gang In New York Times Style Magazine

As I was online reading the New York Times Style magazine this morning, I came across a spread featuring Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang.  In the fashion shoot, the Pittsburgh natives gets all dapper in Alexander Wang, Emerica, Culter & Gross sunglasses and Vans for a fashion spread titled “Really Big Bands.” From left to right: Will Dzombak, Julian, Wiz Khalifa, Brandon Glova, Muhammad Abdulhafita, Scott Woods and Kevin Woods.

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