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J.I.D. Pushes J. Cole To His Limits On A Fast & Furious Collabo (Audio)

In 20 days, Dreamville's J.I.D. will drop his DiCaprio 2 project. The follow-up effort to 2017's exceptional The Never Story (named one of Ambrosia For Heads' top LPs of the year) may be the most anticipated body of work from the East Atlanta, Georgia lyricist with shape-shifting flows. Following September's... Read more

J. Cole Explains Why He Stopped Doing Interviews For Almost 4 Years

J. Cole released a record-breaking 2018 album in the form of KOD. The MC/producer has become a superstar in recent years. He has also assembled one of the most talented record labels, built of hungry rappers and singers. While speaking with Dee Lockett in a Billboard cover story, Cole reveals that... Read more

J.I.D. Is A Top-Shelf MC With Flow, Substance & Wordplay All In One (Audio)

Dreamville's J.I.D. has been on a tear since early 2017. The Georgia native delivered one of last year's best albums courtesy of The Never Story. Now, the Spillage Village affiliate is gearing up for another project, DiCaprio 2. Back in 2015, a few years before J. Cole took interest and... Read more

An Argument For Why J. Cole’s KOD Is Already The Album Of The Year (Video)

There are three and a half months left in 2018. However, one album has proven to rise from the pack with time, less than six months since its release. J. Cole's KOD is a compelling body of work that stands to be among the best art from a consistent source.... Read more

J. Cole & Bas Are From A Hip-Hop Tribe Where Being Able To RAP Still Matters (Video)

For Hip-Hop Heads, especially Dreamville fans, Friday (August 24) is an exciting day. Longtime label artist Bas will release his third album, Milky Way. The Queens representative who appeared on J. Cole's "New York Times" alongside 50 Cent more than five years ago has steadily built a following of his... Read more

J. Cole Says He Has The Best Flow Since Biggie On A Devastating New Freestyle (Video)

J. Cole is about to embark on his KOD Tour, hitting 36 cities across North America, and has been strategically building anticipation as the days get closer to the kickoff in Miami (August 9, 2018). Having previously tweeted out "Feed me beats. Everything gettin murdered.," Cole has now dropped a... Read more

J.I.D. Makes J. Cole Proud By Demolishing This XXL Cypher (Video)

It has been a busy 2018 for Dreamville Records. J. Cole's K.O.D. set new streaming records upon release, in addition to garnering critical acclaim (including appearing on Ambrosia For Heads' midyear best-of list). Cozz released a strong sophomore in Effected, which features Kendrick Lamar, Curren$y, and Cole. Meanwhile, EarthGang released... Read more

J. Cole’s Passionate Performance Calls For Meditation Instead Of Medication (Video)

Tonight (June 24), J. Cole performed at the 2018 BET Awards. Cole used the televised stage to lead with the introduction to April's K.O.D album. Wale was the first person that viewers saw, sitting on a stage chair, staring at a television. The moment comes a year and a half... Read more

The 14 Best Hip-Hop Releases So Far In 2018 (Audio & Video)

Approaching 2018’s midpoint, the year has been absolutely incredible for Hip-Hop and Rap music. For many artists, the album is now shorter than it has ever been. Releases are more concentrated and digestible than they have been been in decades. Moreover, the MC/producer double-threat is winning, as is the chemistry... Read more

Jay Rock Gets His Redemption Alongside J. Cole. Nothing Can Stop Him Now (Audio)

Jay Rock has just released his third album Redemption. In addition to his Black Hippy and TDE label-mates, the LP includes highly anticipated collaborative single, "OSOM (Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind)" featuring J. Cole. The song examines Johnny's rise to fame, which began a dozen years ago with a... Read more

Bas Uses His Near-Death Experiences To Come Back To Life (Video)

Dreamville's Bas is an artist whose visual content is given as much attention as the words he spits in the booth. Seventy-five percent of 2016's Too High to Riot was given visual treatments, with nine out of twelve tracks turned into inventive and arresting mini-films. In the past, the Paris-born MC has... Read more

DJ Premier Takes J. Cole’s Lil Rapper Diss & Makes It Even More O.G. (Audio)

One of the focal points of J. Cole's chart-topping 2018 gold album, KOD, is "1985 - Intro To 'The Falloff.'" The song is a wisdom-drenched reply to Lil Pump, Smokepurrp, and others who had defamed Cole's name in recent years. While Jermaine's issues with Pump now appear to be squashed... Read more

J. Cole & Lil Pump End Childish Beef With A Grown Man Conversation (Video)

Five weeks ago, J. Cole released KOD. The now gold-certified #1 album featured Cole responding to his critics. Those critics were not journalists or fans, but rather, peers. Lil Pump and Smokepurrp, two Miami, Florida-based Rap artists had condemned Cole for some time on social media and in songs, most... Read more

J. Cole Explains Why He Made His 1985 Diss Record Of Lil Rappers (Video)

When J. Cole speaks, it is not to be taken lightly. In recent years, the North Carolina superstar MC/producer and Dreamville label founder has shunned the public eye, or at least many of their questions. After decidedly not allowing interviews altogether for late 2016's 4 Your Eyez Only, Cole posted... Read more

J. Cole Is King Of The Charts With 2018’s Best Opening Week

Ten days after KOD released, J. Cole topped the charts as many fans anticipated. The lead marks Cole's fifth consecutive album to reach #1. For the third straight time, the Dreamville Records founder and Roc Nation MC/produced achieved this feat without any guests on his album. KOD, an acronym for Kids... Read more

J. Cole Reveals Who Kill Edward Is And It’s Deeper Than Rap

On J. Cole's newly-released KOD, there is one guest by the name of kiLL edward. The character appears on two songs: "The Cut Off" and "FRIENDS." These are two powerful cuts on an album that carries three titles: Kids On Drugs, Kill Our Demons, and King Overdose. For an artist... Read more

Miguel & J. Cole Build On Their Musical Chemistry With A Seductive Video

In an act of phenomenal timing, Miguel dropped a crisp new video to accompany the single, “Come Through And Chill” featuring J. Cole. The track is off the singer’s fourth album, War & Leisure which dropped last December. It also features producer Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, No Panty). Cole’s... Read more

J. Cole Has Broken The Record For Most First Day Album Streams Ever

On Friday (April 20), J. Cole released his fifth solo album, KOD. The Dreamville/Roc Nation release has people talking, from its thematic "4/20" commentary on drug use to its lesson-filled attack on unnamed peers who have criticized the Fayetteville, North Carolina MC/producer. As chart watchers see if J. Cole will... Read more

J. Cole Gives A Verbal Beat Down With A Lesson. But Who Is The Target? (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

J. Cole Cashes In With One Of The Most Creative Videos Of The Year

Historically, April 20 is an unofficial holiday celebration for mental relaxation and controlled substances. J. Cole's just-released 4/20 album frames that conversation differently. Songs address deadly recreational drug use, such as pill-popping, without any glorification. Instead, on the LP reported to partly mean Kidz On Drugz and King Overdose (in... Read more

J. Cole Has Just Released His New Album. Listen To All Of KOD (Audio)

Mere moments ago, the five time Grammy award nominated-J. Cole dropped K.O.D., his fifth full-length album. Once again approaching his project roll-out in perplexing and unpredictable fashion, Cole shook the Hip-Hop community with an abrupt announcement just four days prior to K.O.D.’s unveiling. With 16 months between his last release (4 Your Eyez Only) and... Read more

J. Cole Is Dropping His Fifth Album Later This Week

J. Cole is one of Hip-Hop's biggest stars. He is also one of the genre's most unpredictable figures. Less than a year and a half after releasing #1 LP 4 Your Eyez Only, the Dreamville founder and Roc Nation artist has announced his fifth album—and it will release this week.... Read more

Bas Is More Proof That J. Cole Has Assembled One Of The Best Rosters In Hip-Hop (Audio)

With 2016's Too High to Riot, Bas released a gem of an album that was as much of a visual triumph as it was sonic. He released music videos for nine of the LP's 12 tracks and produced documentaries following his expansive world tours in support of the album. The Dreamville... Read more

Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Stand With Cozz On An Album That Shows He’s In Full Effect (Audio)

Top Dawg Entertainment and Dreamville Records are two of the most talent-packed rosters in Hip-Hop. Both labels have taken chances on lesser known MCs and provided them the resources to make cohesive, highly-conceptual albums with major label distribution, marketing, and touring. In an industry often chasing buzz, Top Dawg and... Read more

Cozz Reverses Roles And Arrests The Cops In His New Video

Only days after dropping his new single, “Questions,” the Dreamville MC, Cozz delivered the accompanying visuals. The simple premise doesn’t offer the usual imagery to a song. Instead, "Questions" weaves a loose story-line that will inspire fans to ask additional questions. In the video, Cozz turns his inquiries into an... Read more

Dreamville’s Cozz Has Questions As He Gets Closer To His Rap Dreams (Audio)

Cody Osagie, better known as Cozz, has a lot of “Questions.” The Los Angeles, California Dreamville MC’s latest single poses quite a few queries about the industry, the idiosyncrasies of others and the future of Rap in general. One of J. Cole's longer-tenured artists dropped Nothin’ Personal exactly two years... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 5): Big K.R.I.T. vs. J.I.D.

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar Join Jeezy On An All-Star Collabo (Audio)

UPDATE: After video footage previewed a sizable clip of the song, Jeezy's full, official "American Dream" releases. The Pressure single is a pointed collaboration with both J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. This song may not be as Heads expected on paper. Kendrick Lamar provides some melodic singing near the track's... Read more

Like J. Cole, Dreamville’s J.I.D. Challenges Himself With Adventures In Storytelling (Video)

For an MC who cites sugary-sweet Swedish Electronica merchants Little Dragon and R&B star D’Angelo as influences, alongside Wu-Tang Clan and Lil Uzi Vert, this melodic single from Atlanta’s J.I.D. shouldn’t surprise. But it does. The latest visual from his 2017 Dreamville Records ‘The Never Story,“Hereditary” unmasks the emotional side and... Read more

Meet J. Cole’s Newest Artists & Hear Their New Music (Audio & Video)

At the top of this year, J. Cole and his Dreamville Records label signed Atlanta, Georgia MC J.I.D. Quickly after, The Never Story followed, an Interscope-distributed debut LP from the Spillage Village member, which has garnered strong praise, including from Ambrosia For Heads. That album also debuted in Top 200.... Read more

Dreamville’s J.I.D. Is Making Introductions While Saying Bye To The Competition (Audio)

J.I.D. is the latest bubbling MC on J. Cole's Dreamville roster. The Atlanta, Georgia native dropped a monster of a solo debut with this spring's The Never Story (among AFH's best of '17, so far). Of the Spillage Village crew, J.I.D. keeps a low profile, and has not relied on... Read more

J.I.D’s Monster Freestyle Shows There’s A New Contender For King Of The South (Video)

One of the best releases in the Dreamville Records chest is J.I.D's The Never Story. Released last month, the Interscope-backed project did not rely on heavy marketing, big features, or grabbing artwork. Instead, the newest artist on J. Cole's label simply spit raps with a nimble delivery, clever wordplay, and... Read more

DMX & The LOX To Headline 2017 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (Video)

Last night (April 21), the Ruff Ryders reunited on the stages of Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz and others celebrated nearly 20 years of guttural street music from the New York City collective that also spawned the careers of The LOX, Drag-On, Cassidy, and others. While the... Read more

J. Cole Keeps It 100% Real. He Shares Footage Of S.W.A.T. Raiding His Home (Video)

Last week, Kendrick Lamar released the song "DUCKWORTH." The 9th Wonder-produced DAMN. track recounts a story of K-Dot's musical mentor, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith plotting to rob his own father many years ago at a fast food restaurant in Los Angeles. In a twist of fate, Lamar's father was spared... Read more

J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only Doc Features This New Song 4 Your Earz. (Audio)

In the last six months, J. Cole has released a plethora of great songs. While 10 of those tracks ended up on the platinum, #1 album 4 Your Eyez Only, not all did. Leading up to that Dreamville/Roc Nation LP, Jermaine released two potent singles through his pre-album visual campaign... Read more

With J. Cole In The Driver’s Seat, J.I.D. Shows He’s 1 Of Atlanta’s Most Promising MCs (Audio)

On March 10, Dreamville's latest signee J.I.D will drop his debut album, The Never Story. The news comes on the heels of his signing to the J. Cole label that is also home to Bas, Cozz, Ari, and Omen. J.I.D hails from Atlanta, and as he proved on a recent... Read more

J. Cole Announces 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour Dates

In December, J. Cole released his fourth consecutive #1 album. 4 Your Eyez Only, the Roc Nation/Dreamville MC/producer's fourth album overall, featured no significant vocal features. Since its December 9 release, the Interscope-distributed LP has been certified gold. Last October, Cole announced a hiatus from performing while at The Meadlowlands... Read more

J. Cole’s New Artist Combines Cole’s Lyricism With Devin The Dude’s Swag (Video)

Tony Touch is a DJ known for breaking some important artists. For almost 25 years, the Brooklyn, New York DJ/producer/radio personality handed microphones to MCs without albums out, and let them shine through freestyle. Members of Boot Camp Clik, D.I.T.C., Royce 5'9, Bumpy Knuckles, Wu-Tang Clan, Hurricane G, and others... Read more

48 Laws Shows That Dreamville’s Omen Is Patient But Powerful (Video)

J. Cole has proven that patience pays off. The MC/producer has collected his props with four consecutive #1 albums, following years of cultivating a small following into a multi-platinum empire. Cole has built Dreamville around artists who can relate. One such act is Omen. The Chicago, Illinois native is a... Read more

Cozz Is Signed To J. Cole’s Label But He’s Making His Own Dreams Come True (Video)

With the remarkable success of 4 Your Eyez Only, J. Cole has once again reminded fans that dreams do come true in the 'ville. In fact, 2016 has been a big year for the whole Dreamville Records team; Bas continues to be considered as having released one of the year's... Read more

Cole World: In A Historic Week, His Eyez Have Views Even Drake Can’t See

It has been 12 days since J. Cole released his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. In that time since the Dreamville/Roc Nation released, it has topped the charts for the fourth consecutive time for the Fayetteville, North Carolina MC/producer. This feat also joined an exclusive, three-artist club in Hip-Hop.... Read more

J. Cole Goes Back-To-Back To The Top Of The Charts With No Features

The album sales charts are in from the December 9 releases. With them, J. Cole's fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only is at the top of the rankings. This is the fourth consecutive time that the Roc Nation MC/producer has achieved a #1, dating back to 2011's debut, Cole World... Read more

J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only Album Is Great For The Ears Too. (Audio)

This morning (December 9), J. Cole released his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. The 10-track, 44 minute effort features no guest verses. This feat is also true of Cole's double-platinum #1 2014 Forest Hills Drive, released two years ago today. Approaching his 32nd birthday next month, 4 Your Eyez...... Read more

F A Feature. J. Cole Is Rolling Solo Again

Less than a week after a fourth J. Cole album was announced, fans have more information. This week's 4 Your Eyez Only (December 9) will be a 10-track effort, as originally reported after a pre-order posted. Based on the rear album artwork insert, it appears that like 2014 Forest Hills... Read more

J. Cole Comes Out Blasting. It Sounds Like Kanye & Drake Are The Targets (Videos)

2016 may be saving its best for last. On the first day of December, it appeared that J. Cole unveiled his plans surrounding his fourth album release. December 9's 4 Your Eyez Only pre-orders hit the web, then quickly and mysteriously disappeared (they are back now). By the time the... Read more

J. Cole Has An Album Coming… In Less Than 10 Days

UPDATE: Hours after the report (December 1) below, the pre-order links to J. Cole's 4 Your Eyez Only have been removed. According to Billboard, a rep for Apple (who posted the title and artwork) declined to comment. J. Cole and reps have yet to release a statement. When J. Cole... Read more

Bas Looks To The Clouds & Releases One Of The Year’s Most Creative Videos

With the March release of Too High to Riot, Paris-born Sudanese MC Bas has made great strides in stepping forth as some of the strongest talent in J. Cole's Dreamville camp. Though his sophomore LP, it is arguably his most standout offer to date, with singles "Night Job," "Housewives," "Methylone,"... Read more

Ab-Soul Spells It Out So MCs Understand They Can’t See Him Lyrically (Audio)

Ab-Soul is ramping up in a major way. After a lengthy hiatus, the Carson, California MC appears to be putting the pedal down towards his fourth solo album. In July of this year, Soulo blessed Bas's "Housewives (Remix)" an a la carte breakaway from the Too High To The Riot... Read more

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive Is The 1st Rap Album In 25 Years To Reach 2X Platinum With No Guests

At the time of its release, J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive was an outlier to a trend in Hip-Hop. The late 2014 Roc Nation/Columbia Records release contained 13 tracks and no feature verses of any kind. At the time of release, the North Carolina MC/producer earned his third consecutive... Read more

Ab-Soul Reminds All That He’s A Lyrical Sharp-Shooter On A Bas Remix (Audio)

Dreamville artist Bas made one of 2016's strongest Hip-Hop works care of March's Too High To Riot. A Top 50 charting LP, the Interscope Records-distributed project features mentor J. Cole, along with Cozz and The Hics. Individually, several of Fiend Bassy's cuts have eclipsed the million-mark on streaming platforms. Even... Read more