It’s a day many Hip-Hop enthusiasts had etched in their minds, for two of the genre’s most pronounced titans go head-to-head in a bid for chart glory.
The initial “owner” of the date is controversial Kanye West, whose ‘Yeesuz’ album has provoked pandemonium of all varieties. Keen to embrace the art of competition Roc Nation’s Cole actually moved up the release of his sophomore set ‘Born Sinner’ so as to go toe-to-toe with West – a move many have hailed for its bravery (and audacity).
And while the real “winner” is arguably fans of Hip-Hop, we -as ever-want to plough through the smoke and mirrors to find out which releases the masses are truly “here” for. Forget the leaks, the babies, and the media spin and let us know…
Peep these pics of ‘Born Sinner‘ mastermind J.Cole, out and about with ‘XOX‘ performer Elijah Blake to celebrate his 23rd birthday yesterday.
Arriving at Jay Z‘s ’40/40′ club alongside ROC pal Tyran Smith, the pair celebrated the ‘Bijoux 22‘ singer’s b’day days before the release of the aforementioned ‘Born’ and hours after Blake performed at an intimate gig thrown by Rio Caraeff‘s VEVO.
T-Boz and Chilli team up with ROC Prince J.Cole for ‘Crooked Smile‘, lifted from the latter’s June 18th release...’Born Sinner’.
Penned with self worth and empowerment in mind, the cut sees him Cole address the aesthetic pressures that come with celebrity, calling on TLC to help deliver a message we can’t but commend him for sharing.
J.Cole salutes John Legend in ‘N*ggaz Know‘, one of the many songs pulled from his June 18th release ‘Born Sinner‘.
Featuring the MC telling his story of his journey to the top, the mid tempo release also sees him take on a Rap/Sung vocal style that shouldn’t work, but ends up being one of the highlights of the song.
When J. Cole announced the June 18th release of his ‘Born Sinner’ LP, many conceded chart defeat on his behalf given the “event” that will be the same-day arrival of Kanye West‘s ‘Yeezus’. For others, the parallel roll out of such major releases serves a victory for Hip-Hop. Whatever the stance, one question has remained: was the move deliberate?
Well, wonder no more. For, in a new interview with Billboard, Cole confirms that the move was indeed calculated. Find out why after the jump…
It’s been a long time coming, but change is finally nigh for J. Cole’s sophomore set, ‘Born Sinner’.
Delayed in earnest, the ‘Power Trip’ led project was recently pencilled in for a June 25th release date. However, the Roc Nation star has not only unwrapped the album’s cover(s), he has announced a new arrival date – the same as Kanye West‘s ‘Yeezus’ and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Talk A Good Game’.