New J. Cole Songs, Mixtapes & Videos


From J. Cole to Isaiah Rashad, Capturing Depression With One Line [Feature ]

The most harrowing aspect of depression is how it moves in silence. Depression is an hour-by-hour illness, where one moment you’re firing on all cylinders and the next you feel as if you’re falling out of the... Read More


Dreams Come True: My Night With J. Cole & Dreamville [Feature ]

“I'm going through the changes, I'm still the same”—Bas (“Penthouse”) The stage for J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour was positioned in the center of the arena. I... Read More


4 Hip-Hop Songs Actually “Fighting The System” That You Won’t See at the VMAs [Feature ]

MTV recently released their nominations for this year’s VMA Awards, which—much like the GRAMMYs—have ebbed and flowed in their relevance within the hip-hop community since their formation back in 1984. As... Read More


Was Hip-Hop’s New Generation Established in 2013? [Feature ]

“2013 was a great time [for] hip-hop,” tweeted Punch, TDE’s full-time president and part-time lyrical philosopher. The thought was continued by reflection, about how "everybody was moving" that year.... Read More


Vic Mensa vs. J. Cole: Comparing Two Roads to Roc Nation Stardom [Feature ]

Two weeks. Vic Mensa’s major label debut, The Autobiography, will be here in two weeks. To call the album long-awaited would be a delicate description. Most fans have anticipated Vic’s big release since... Read More


Isaiah Rashad’s “Free Lunch” Was Originally J. Cole’s Record [Feature ]

Isaiah Rashad released "Free Lunch" as the lead single off his 2016 debut album, The Sun's Tirade, but that wouldn't have been possible if J. Cole had decided to keep the Cam O'bi-produced beat for himself.... Read More


Woah: J. Cole’s “Neighbors” Beat Is Actually “Forbidden Fruit” In Reverse [Feature ]

Playing songs in reverse to reveal supposed subliminal messages (known as backmasking) is usually associated with old rock bands who may or may not have been devil worshippers. You’re lying if you say you weren’t... Read More


How J. Cole Indirectly Helped A&R JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album [Feature ]

In a fantastic interview with Rolling Stone, veteran producer No I.D., the architect behind JAY-Z's outstanding new album, 4:44, revealed that before he ever played Jay a single beat, he actually sat down with J.... Read More


Joyner Lucas Wanted to Sign With Dreamville But J. Cole Ignored His Text [Feature ]

Joyner Lucas has been on our radar at DJBooth since late 2013—his first feature was for the single "What Do They Know?"—but it wasn't until late last year, after announcing he had signed a label deal with... Read More


Soul World: How the Soulful Sample is J. Cole’s Greatest Ally [Feature ]

“This sample was yellin’ “loop me!”, Ms. Hill please don’t sue me / 'Cause I ain’t one of these rappers frontin’ like he got it / Nigga I ain’t fuckin’ got... Read More


The Incredible True Story Behind Logic Asking J. Cole Permission to Use His Message for “AfricAryaN” [Feature ]

Logic has done a lot of interviews over the past two weeks in promotion of his new, No. 1 album Everybody, but his conversation with Hard Knock TV host Nick Huff is as good as it gets. Similar to his Def Jam label mate... Read More


Study: Eminem & J. Cole Among Least Repetitive Rappers [Feature ]

According to a new study, among all mainstream rappers to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, Eminem and J. Cole have the greatest tendency to be non-repetitive.  OK, so what the hell does that mean? In order to... Read More


Logic Predicted J. Cole & Black Thought Album Features Six Years Ago [Feature ]

On numerous occasions over the past few months, we've tackled the concept of speaking it into existence. The idea here is simple: speak (or tweet) what you want until you get what you've spoken (or tweeted). For... Read More


Mannie Fresh Explains Why “Nobody Has The Guts to Be a J. Cole or Kendrick” [Feature ]

Veteran producer Mannie Fresh was a guest this week on The Come Up Show podcast, where he spoke with host Chedo about, among other things, meeting Juvenile at a bus stop outside the Cash Money offices, inking a... Read More


Beat Break: Cardiak Shares the Story Behind His 5 Biggest Songs [Feature ]

For a producer whose music is synonymous with street rappers like Meek Mill, Rick Ross and Lloyd Banks, Cardiak's rise is a testament to the power of the internet. In 2008, the New Jersey-born producer landed... Read More


J. Cole, Success & the Ability to Capture Inspiration When It Strikes [Feature ]

"I wrote six songs that weekend." Maybe that's why J. Cole is so successful. Newspapers are functioning on an old paradigm. Wherein PR people pitch stories and what ends up appearing in the Arts section is hype.... Read More


Joey Bada$$ Says J. Cole Told Him He’s Doing “No More Features” [Feature ]

We already knew J. Cole hasn't been a fan of adding guest features to tracks off his own albums in years—neither 2014 Forest Hills Drive or 4 Your Eyez Only contain a single credited guest... Read More


J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Goes Platinum in Four Months [Feature ]

Well, that didn't take long. After earning a Gold certification in January, J. Cole's latest album, 4 Your Eyez Only, has officially been Platinum-certified by the RIAA. Congrats to my brother @jcolenc on his 4th... Read More


J. Cole Announces 57-Date ‘4 Your Eyez Only World Tour’ [Feature ]

Four months ago, long before he unveiled his new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, J. Cole announced that he was planning on taking a "very long" break from performing. That break will come to an end on June 1 in Columbia, South... Read More


What Makes J. Cole a Memorable Interview Subject? Ask Angie Martinez [Feature ]

I might be a bit biased seeing as how I write about hip-hop, but I truly believe interviews to be a crucial component of a deep and meaningful appreciation of music, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys... Read More


J. Cole’s Manager Offers Solution to Combat Frustration Over GRAMMY Results [Feature ]

In the hours that followed the 59th annual GRAMMY Awards, a laundry list of artists, producers and industry types took to social media to share their upset over the results.  If you're one of those people who's... Read More


Revisiting J. Cole’s Rap Savior Predictions 4 Years Later [Feature ]

On the eve of his 2013 album release showdown with Kanye, J. Cole sent out a tweet. It wasn’t last minute promotion, he wasn't begging the hive to help him defeat Yeezus, but rather a declaration that hip-hop was... Read More


A Series of Unfortunate Events: When Tragedy Strikes The Studio [Feature ]

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings you would be better off reading some other book” - Lemony Snicket Space is necessary for artistic creation. The space for rap artists is the... Read More


J. Cole Surprises Fans With New “High for Hours” Record [Feature ]

J. Cole just released a now-Gold certified album, but that doesn't mean fans will have to wait another two years for new music. On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the North Carolina native unveiled "High for... Read More


J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Officially Goes Gold (...With No Features) [Feature ]

J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album famously managed to go double-Platinum despite a grand total of zero guests joining him on the album and since then the internet hasn't let us forget about it. If you were... Read More


Dear Rap Fans: The Mainstream Isn’t Always The Doorway to Doom [Feature ]

Social media is an excellent medium to connect, discuss and debate with our readers. Recently, DJBooth Editor-in-Chief Z took to Facebook and posed an interesting question: "If you were a DJ, what artist would you try to... Read More


Dreamville President Reveals J. Cole Created “Deja Vu” For ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ [Feature ]

Since it’s release earlier this month, J. Cole’s fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only has been a resounding commercial success, opening with the third-biggest debut of the year, and managing to chart all ten... Read More


J. Cole’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ Was The Third Most-Streamed Album of 2016 [Feature ]

On December 9, J. Cole released 4 Your Eyez Only, his first new album in two years. Despite a 24-month gap between his last full-length release and his latest release, however, the North Carolina native still managed to have... Read More


Suicidal Thoughts: My Experience Listening to J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ [Feature ]

When I was in the fifth grade, I began to write a suicide note to my best friend, Jeremy. With tears in my eyes, I scribbled pleas that he always remember me, and that loving him immensely was easy, but that this life was too... Read More


J. Cole Just Earned His First-Ever Top 10 Billboard Hit [Feature ]

In addition to being the third biggest debut of 2016, J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, has put him in some exclusive company. By charting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, Cole now joins Drake and DMX as... Read More


J. Cole, Ta-Nehisi Coates & The Fear of a Black Neighbor [Feature ]

Cars rolling up across the street. Footsteps approaching the front door. Fingers on the trigger, ready to shoot first and ask questions never. This is the scenario J. Cole and his friends experienced when they made the... Read More


Maturity & Growth: How Four New Fathers Are Bringing Perspective to Hip-Hop [Feature ]

One of my favorite album covers of 2016 is Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book. The vibrant orange, red and blue hues give it the same radiance of a Vincent van Gogh portrait. Intoxicating colors are a... Read More


J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Will Open With Third Biggest Debut of 2016 [Feature ]

In August, Drake called J. Cole one of the "most legendary artists of our generation," and fans interpreted the compliment as a cross between "real recognize real" and hyperbolic flattery. Cole, now famously, earned himself... Read More


Here’s Why You’re Already Sick of Hearing J. Cole’s “Deja Vu” [Feature ]

Today (December 9), J. Cole dropped his fourth studio album 4 Your Eyez Only, and the internet has collectively been losing its shit, but just three tracks into the album, many had a somewhat surprising moment of... Read More


J. Cole ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ 1 Listen Album Review [Feature ]

It's taken a long time for me to connect with J. Cole.  For years, I think it was primarily a matter of timing. The younger folks on the DJBooth staff felt like Cole was telling their whole life with his words,... Read More


5 Lessons From J. Cole’s School of Music Marketing [Feature ]

Double Platinum with no features. J. Cole’s success might have been reduced to a running internet joke, but there’s meaning behind one of rap’s most famous memes. J. Cole’s innate ability to remain... Read More


From Denny’s to the Top of Hip-Hop: Wale & J. Cole’s 7 Years of Friendship [Feature ]

Names are missing from both of J. Cole’s verses on “False Prophets.” He alludes without revealing, sketching silhouettes without faces, but through his descriptive writing, it gives listeners enough to... Read More


The Story Behind J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Album Cover [Feature ]

In an era of surprise album releases and the non-rollout, the buzz surrounding a project has truly become a testament to an artist’s magnitude. Of course, there’s still manufactured buzz and a self-sustaining... Read More


J. Cole is Aware He’s Reached His Peak & Isn’t Afraid to Say What’s Real [Feature ]

“Everyday I step outside I see my people die,” J. Cole sings to the ears of David Letterman’s studio audience, to the ears of onlookers watching from the comfort of their homes, and to all the ears who would... Read More


J. Cole is Just Like Us, He Misses the Old Kanye [Feature ]

Yesterday was full of surprises for J. Cole fans. After iTunes let the cat out of the bag about his new album — 4 Your Eyez Only, dropping December 9 — Cole ramped up the excitement last... Read More


Ranked: Every December 2016 Hip-Hop Album Release [Feature ]

December is the perfect time to reflect, to look back on the year that was while looking forward to the next. Music tends to be at a standstill in December, as everyone gears up to make a big splash in the coming months. The... Read More


5 Questions Before J. Cole Releases ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ [Feature ]

“But this February, bet shit get scary when I fuck around and drop…” It’s been just over a year since J. Cole jumped on Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” beat and said that, igniting... Read More


Surprise! J. Cole to Release ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Album on December 9 [Feature ]

On December 9, 2014, J. Cole surprised the hip-hop world by releasing 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album that has since been famously certified double-Platinum without a single guest feature.  24 months later,... Read More


Drake, Kendrick, J. Cole & How a New Generation of Artists Manages Fame [Feature ]

“From Po’ Pimpin’ to Poppin’ Tags, from Champions to Slow Jammin’, oh baby we can make you an overnight celebrity” “Overnight Celebrity” captures the spirit of a rapper who... Read More


J. Cole, Jay Z & The Mixed Emotions of Going Back Home [Feature ]

“But why had he always felt so strongly the magnetic pull of home, why had he thought so much about it and remembered it with such blazing accuracy…He did not know. All that he knew was that the years flow by... Read More


J. Cole Appears on Spillage Village’s “Can’t Call It,” the Full Version of “Jermaine’s Interlude” [Feature ]

This past summer, DJ Khaled dropped his highly anticipated Major Key album, and while it was teeming with heaters, there's no doubt that one of the major standouts was “Jermaine’s Interlude,” a... Read More


The Importance of Parental Support While Pursuing a Career in Music [Feature ]

Pharrell stands in the studio, laughing, as he retells stories from the days before there was fame, before there was any money, when The Neptunes made their music in the attic of Chad Hugo’s parents home. It... Read More


J. Cole Announces a “Very Long” Break From Shows, But Don’t Freak Out [Feature ]

New York’s newest festival, The Meadows, had a rough inaugural year. The Weeknd dropped out from his headlining spot (twice) due to scheduling conflicts with Saturday Night Live, and Kanye had to cut his set... Read More


My Favorite Sport: Rappers Obsessed With Basketball References [Feature ]

The crossover that broke Mac Miller’s ankles during a celebrity basketball game is circulating the internet at the speed of a high school rumor traveling across the lunchroom. He takes the moment of embarrassment... Read More


Would You Rather: Miguel Record an Album with J. Cole or Wale? [Feature ]

Chemistry is important when it comes to musical collaborations. Some artists might seem like they would be a perfect match, but once you actually hear the synergy, it’s truly special. Collaboration albums between two... Read More


How a 9 Minute EarthGang Posse Cut Became J. Cole’s “Jermaine’s Interlude” [Feature ]

“Jermaine’s Interlude” has become one of my favorite songs of 2016. J. Cole’s verse is full of sorrow, but hearing him rap with such passion is something I can’t help but rewind. DJ Khaled... Read More


Drake on J. Cole: “One of the Most Legendary Artists of Our Generation” [Feature ]

If you’re a J. Cole fan, you most certainly remember when Cole brought out Drake during his HBO-premiered homecoming concert special in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On Monday (August 8), during his... Read More


Suffering From Success: J. Cole’s Dark Days During Bright Times [Feature ]

There was no warning of what awaited before I pressed play - no disclaimer of the swirl of feelings that would be summoned once the song started. The surprise is why I can recall the ache in my heart, the chills down my arm,... Read More


How J. Cole’s “Dollar & A Dream” Tour Changed My Life [Feature ]

The greatest musical experience of my life happened during the blistering summer of 2014. J. Cole was on his second “Dollar and a Dream Tour,” performing songs from “The Warm Up,” and one of his stops... Read More


J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile” Video Has Been My Light During a Dark Week [Feature ]

These have been a dark two weeks. Even through Ferguson, through Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner and Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland and Laquan McDonald and all the countless other lives taken, I realize now that I carried... Read More


Dreamville’s Building a Long Lasting Label By Ignoring Album Sales [Feature ]

Since coming into the industry in 2007, J. Cole has known his worth as an artist, and he knows that worth comes from his fans. Cole has focused on connecting with his adoring fan base through his music, through his... Read More


J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” is Now Double Platinum [Feature ]

It's been a year and a half since J. Cole dropped his Forest Hills Drive album on the rap world's heads, and today his manager, Ib, posted on Instagram that FHD had surpassed 2 million copies sold,... Read More


J. Cole Says His Early Music Was Him “Literally Just Sounding Like Eminem & Nas” [Feature ]

Eminem’s 2013 Rapture Tour through Australia brought along Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, a lineup most could only witness in their wet dreams. My envy was Hulk green once I found out he would be... Read More


Why Your Favorite Rapper’s Mixtape Was Better Than the Album [Feature ]

Rules. From an early age, they were the bane of my existence. Inside homes, schools, libraries, restaurants, no matter what roof I was under, there was a set of regulations to follow and consequences for those that broke... Read More


J. Cole’s Back to Making Dope Beats, What Will the New Album Sound Like? [Feature ]

Last month we heard from Cardo (who is in the running for Producer of the Year), about how he sent some beats to J. Cole; hopefully on "Seen It All" levels of flame. Though it wasn’t anything official, it at... Read More


J. Cole Made More Money Than Drake From Music Last Year [Feature ]

J. Cole is about as flashy as a paper bag. For the past year and change he's rarely been seen out of sweatpants, rides a bike through New York City instead of a Bentley and is more likely to be caught sitting on top... Read More


The First Real Hint That J. Cole’s Recording a New Album Has Arrived [Feature ]

Since releasing 2014 Forest Hills Drive back in December of 2014, J. Cole has elevated his game and become one of the biggest faces of hip-hop. Between HBO documentaries, sold out shows at MSG, meetings with Obama, platinum... Read More


J. Cole Was “The Therapist” & Other Terrible First Rapper Names [Feature ]

I believe it was Lil Yachty who once said, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Lil Yachty - or maybe it was Shakespeare, I always get... Read More


Did Royce Da 5’9” Just Fire Shots Back at J. Cole? Let’s Discuss [Feature ]

“Fire Squad” is one of J. Cole’s most powerful statements, his bold take on white privilege in hip-hop caused a small uproar: "Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore...Look around, my nigga,... Read More


Obama Says He Loves J. Cole, Stop Saying That Cole’s “Under Rated” [Feature ]

This weekend none other than Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States and the leader of the free world, publicly declared that he loves J. Cole, adding another notch to the belt of a rapper who's... Read More


Drake & J.Cole Rumored to be Touring Together This Summer [Feature ]

Who would you rather see in concert, Drake or J.Cole? Why not both?  Normally you might find Drake stans and Cole miners battling it out for rap supremacy, they are two of the most popular rappers on the... Read More


Surprise! J. Cole Releases Live Version of “Forest Hills Drive” [Feature ]

To celebrate his 31st birthday, newly-married emcee J. Cole has delivered a gift to his fans in the form of a live album, Forest Hills Drive: Live, which is now available for digital purchase. The LP... Read More