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J. Cole Announces ‘Forest Hills Drive’ US and European Tour / Jhene Aiko, Big Sean & More Join

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J. Cole is taking his latest collection of jams on the road.

The rapper, whose third album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ was released to roaring success last December, has announced a new world tour, aptly titled the ‘Forest Hills Drive Tour’.

Set to kick off next week, the trek has been creatively divided into three acts: Hometown (which the 30 year old deems “the cities always left out”), The Journey (Europe), and Hollywood (major US stops).

With the project having sold almost 900,000 copies in the US alone, the ambitious jaunt – which will feature appearances by Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Pusha T, and more, will no doubt add to those numbers and then some.

Peep the full list of dates and cities below…

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Hot Shot: Jhene Aiko Enjoys Downime With J. Cole & Elijah Blake

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Two days before the 57th annual Grammy awards take place in Los Angeles, the R&B force that is Jhene Aiko found herself in good company, enjoying downtime with members of the ‘Artium’ gang.

Ran by Kanye West producer No I.D, the label’s artists include Aiko, Common, Snoh Aalegra and Elijah Blake, sat next to the ‘Worst‘ chanteuse in the snap above.

Fans of J. Cole would have noticed him in the picture too, posing with the R&B camp as his latest album, ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive‘ heads towards the 1 million US units sold mark less than eight weeks after its release.

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New Song: Jeremih & J. Cole – ‘Planes (Explicit Version)’

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‘Vendetta’ rapper J. Cole teams up with ‘Favorite’ singer Jeremih to fly ‘Planes’ this year, touching down on R&B ground with the new song after the global success of the latter’s ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em.’

One word to describe the jam? Explicit, surfacing online today as the Def Jam prince readies the release of ‘Tell Em’s parent album.

Ready to board Air Jeremih?

Hop in and give him a spin below…

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Everybody Hates Iggy Azalea…But Why?

Has "winning" caused Iggy to lose hip hop's respect?

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Some of rap history’s biggest sellers, from Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross to Nelly, Pitbull, and Flo Rida have all had their rap (and street) credibility questioned at one point in their careers.  None listed, however, were rebuked with the intensity of criticism like that aimed at Iggy Azalea.

From barely a buzz to a bulls-eye, she went from obscurity to enemy #1 in just a year.

Besides the unique position of being a white female emcee from Australia who rapped with a southern U.S. accent, not much else surrounded the newcomer’s name initially. In fact, this time last year she seemed poised to take rank with the many other unsung female rappers trying to find a place in the male-dominated game.

Despite backing from one of the genre’s frontrunners (T.I.) and a number of well-prepared videos to boot, success would not knock on the rapstress’s door until the unveiling of the pop-cloaked number ‘Fancy’ and its ‘Clueless’-themed music video. In conjunction with a timely “assistant role” on rising pop starlet Ariana Grande‘s hit ‘Problem,’ Iggy, seemingly out of nowhere, was thrust to the top of mainstream music consciousness.

Undoubtedly a dream come true for any female rapper, especially a Caucasian one traipsing a path so many before her had failed (see:  Sarai, Kreayshawn), that dream would prove itself a nightmare as all but the very genre she pursued would openly embrace her.

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J. Cole Explains Iggy Azalea Criticism On ‘The Angie Martinez Show’

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“There comes a time when the system realises that “I can sell this white person” a lot easier.”

Before Azealia Banks weighed in on her supposed use and abuse of Black culture on ‘Hot 97′, ‘Crooked Smile’ rapper J. Cole made his way to Power 105.1 to explain his recent criticism of Australian superstar Iggy Azalea, whom he compared to Elvis Presley here.

There, he revealed that the remarks he made about the rapper wasn’t criticism at all, billing them an “observation.”

What he deserved?

The link between her success as a Caucasian female MC and efforts made by corporations to sell African-American culture to audiences more likely to respond to her than an actual African-America…even if said African-American is more talented.

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Chart Check: J. Cole’s ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ Opens With…

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361,120 music lovers took to retailers to pick up J. Cole‘s latest body of work in the last week, pushing him to the top of the ‘Billboard 200′ this week.

Named ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive‘, the album marks the rapper’s third consecutive #1 album, beating first week digits nabbed by his first two albums thanks to a unique promotional roll out which is likely to keep him in the Top 5 by the time next week’s charts roll by.

Read more on his latest win here.

 

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Must See: J. Cole Powerfully Performs ‘Be Free’

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J. Cole is riding the wave of success with new album ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ and is on a mission to prove why.

The Roc Nation royal stopped by ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ yesterday and seized the moment to perform ‘Be Free’.

Timely in light of the social climate surrounding Eric Garner and Ferguson, the words of the song resonated resoundingly.

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