For the second straight week, rap not only tops the U.S. album charts, but also makes a hat-trick of the top three spots, continuing a solid few weeks for the genre after a quiet start.
Performers outnumbered awards at Sunday’s BET Awards, which was jam-packed with everyone from Mariah Carey to Chris Brown with Nicki Minaj to R. Kelly to JT and many more.
In the battle of ‘Yeezus’ versus ‘Born Sinner’, ‘Yeezus’ has emerged the winner.
“It’s so weird, you know,” said Drake, “you say you’re gonna do something and then it actually happens.”
J. Cole addressed his eager and ecstatic audience at New York City’s Irving Plaza last night (June 19) with mild, playful caution: “If you came to hear the hits, this is not your night.”
The rapper sat down to provide the breakdown behind his self-produced second LP and give insight on the inspiration behind a few of his favorite songs.
In this week’s episode of REWIND, J. Cole battles Kanye West for release week dominance. Both are set to drop their new albums, Born Sinner and Yeezus, next week.
“I am going back to school,” he said. “I tried to go last year, but I didn’t have the time. I am just looking for the right time.”
50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar are about to become “sinners,” as they lend a hand on J. Cole’s forthcoming sophomore album, due out June 18 on Roc Nation.
“Crooked Smile” sees the rapper spitting about self-love and inner beauty, specifically to women.