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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.

His words below…

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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.

Watch the emotive showing below…

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J. Cole & K. Michelle To Welcome Major First Week Numbers With New Albums

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As many a TGJ reader has pointed out time and time and time again, radio deals may buy hits but will always fall short when tasked with securing the support of a loyal album-buying fan base.

This week, K. Michelle and J. Cole stand as living proof of that, set to see their new albums rock the ‘Billboard 200′ with stellar first week sales without the benefit of a hit single on the ‘Hot 100.’

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New Video: J. Cole – ‘Apparently’

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With new album ‘Forest Hills Drive’ blasting its way to the top of the charts, J. Cole has seizes the moment and the momentum to release the video for the surprise project’s newly announced single ‘Apparently’.

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Early Predictions Are In: J. Cole Set For Major Debut

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J. Cole‘s third studio album, ‘Forest Hills Drive’, may not have benefited from an elaborate pre-release setup or even any singles, yet the LP is on course to open with major first week sales.

Details on the Dreamville/Roc Nation project’s performance below…

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J. Cole Blasts Iggy Azalea & Eminem On New Album / Compares Them To Elvis Presley

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Oft accused of stealing music made by African-American artists to create his own, the legend that is Elvis Presley has been compared to rappers Iggy Azalea and Eminem this year.

Who made the comparison? ‘Crooked Smile’ rapper J. Cole, who blasted the pair with “culture vulture” claims in a song named ‘Fire Squad‘, pulled from his latest studio album.

His controversial stance on the pair below…

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