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J. Cole Announces Dreamville Festival Lineup Feat. SZA, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Nelly, Teyana Taylor & More

North Carolina-raised and Grammy Award-nominated artist J. Cole is excited to announce the new full music lineup for his inaugural Dreamville Festival, a new one-day music festival experience making its debut on Saturday, April 6 at Dorothea Dix Park near downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. GA & VIP tickets are on sale now at www.dreamvillefest.com.

The Festival, produced in partnership with Dreamville and ScoreMore Shows, will be the first event of its kind for the region as it looks to provide a thoughtfully-curated, multi-stage music event from J. Cole, who was raised in nearby Fayetteville, North Carolina. This year’s festival will offer attendees a lineup of music artists selected by Cole himself, which will include some of today’s biggest hip-hop and R&B acts, along with several artists from North Carolina that will showcase the incredible musical and creative talents that reside across the festival’s host state.

The lineup features J. Cole himself as the festival headliner, along with supporting performances from Grammy Award-winning and nominated artists SZA, Big Sean, 6LACK, 21 Savage and Nelly. Some of today’s hottest and up-and-coming acts in hip-hop and R&B will also grace the stage like 21 Savage, Teyana Taylor, Davido, and Mez, in addition to several NC-based acts including Rapsody (Snow Hill) and King Mez (Raleigh). The Festival will also mark a rare occurrence in which the entire Dreamville Records roster will be performing at one event including Bas, J.I.D, Cozz, Earthgang, Ari Lennox, Omen and Lute.

Additionally, the festival has revealed today various onsite activations and activities including a putt putt golf course; expansive beer garden; vendor row featuring local products and merchants; the “Dreamville Festival Art Wall”, dedicated lounge space reserved for members of The Divine Nine and more.

The full music lineup for Dreamville Festival 2019 is included below:

J. Cole
SZA
Big Sean
21 Savage
6LACK
Nelly
Teyana Taylor
Bas
J.I.D
Davido
Rapsody
Cozz
Saba
Earthgang
Ari Lennox
Omen
Lute
Mez

GA tickets are available for purchase now at www.DreamvilleFest.com for $119 for a limited time. For those looking instead for the ultimate festival experience, Dreamville Festival ticket buyers should opt for one of the VIP ticket packages.

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J. Cole Officially Announces SZA, 21 Savage, Big Sean, Nelly + More For Dreamville Festival Line-Up

J. Cole Dreamville Fest

Dreamville boss J. Cole is going big-big next month. The hip-hop star’s long-awaited Dreamville Festival is finally taking shape with an official announcement for its star-studded April 6 line-up.

On Tuesday, Cole made things official by revealing the star power behind his delayed North Carolina music fest.

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J. Cole Covers April Issue of GQ Magazine

Fresh off an All-Star Game Halftime performance in his home state, J. Cole is capitalizing on the momentum early in the new year. Five days before his 34th birthday, Cole dropped his now platinum single, “Middle Child.”

The song immediately gained radio play and has now peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In February, he was the main attraction during the All-Star Game Halftime performance. This month he is increasing the promo by unexpectedly covering GQ Magazine.

On the cover, the multi-platinum rapper dons a gold floral patterned robe. He talks about the possibility of never winning a Grammy, collaborating with more of his peers and more.

“I’m not supposed to have a Grammy. At least not right now, and maybe never. And if that happens, then that’s just how it was supposed to be,” he says.

“But I would’ve been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out,” he says about losing Best New Artist at the Grammys in 2012. It’s a general consensus that the Dreamville honcho has remained consistent throughout his career. His fifth studio album, KOD was certified platinum with no features. When he got word, he was happy about it but did not want the attention to get misconstrued.

“I was loving it. I was like, ‘Word up—this is funny as hell.’ But the second or third time, I was like, ‘All right, it’s almost embarrassing now.’ Like, ‘All right, man, y’all gonna make me put a feature on the album just so this shit can stop, he said.

Collaboration is the best form of art. Although he released a successful project without any collaborations, he fears that if he continues this path he will miss out on opportunities and new relationships.

“I’m starting to realize like, oh shit—let’s say I stopped this year. I would feel like I missed out on certain experiences,” says the Fayetteville native. Working with certain artists, being more collaborative, making more friends out of peers, making certain memories that I feel like if I don’t, I’m gonna regret it one day.”

With over a decade in the rap game, Cole is a seasoned veteran who continues to reinvent himself and his music.

 

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At 34, J. Cole is undertaking the professional equivalent of a journey up the road to Hana: He's suddenly collaborating with other artists; he's forming new connections to the SoundCloud set; he's more active on Twitter; he even bought a place in NYC. “I've reached a point in my life where I'm like, ‘How long am I gonna be doing this for?’ I'm starting to realize like, oh shit—let's say I stopped this year. I would feel like I missed out on certain experiences, you know? Working with certain artists, being more collaborative, making more friends out of peers, making certain memories that I feel like if I don't, I'm gonna regret it one day.” Read J. Cole's full GQ cover story at the link in bio. (📸@awolerizku) #newgq #jcole

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J. Cole May Have Features on His Next Album

J. Cole sat down with GQ for their April cover story for a rare interview where he discussed the “Platinum With No Features” meme.

The Dreamville Records boss admitted that he was initially flattered but wasn’t prepared for its longevity.

“I was loving it,” he told GQ. “I was like, ‘Word up — this is funny as hell.’ But the second or third time, I was like, ‘All right, it’s almost embarrassing now.’ Like, ‘All right, man, y’all gonna make me put a feature on the album just so this shit can stop.’ ”

The meme dates back to 2014 when his 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP became his first collection to achieve platinum status and there weren’t any features. Every album since then has been certified platinum and all lacked guest features.

However, his no feature streak can come to an end for his next project but nothing is confirmed yet.

“Well, I don’t have any right now that I really want to boast about,” he said. “Not saying it’s impossible. It’s just about getting out of my comfort zone.”

Check out the full story here.

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J. Cole Says Losing A Grammy Was A Win For His Career

At the 61st Grammy Awards, which aired in February, J. Cole was not a winner. He was nominated for his collaboration on Miguel’s War & Leisure (namely for “Best R&B Song” for “Come Through and Chill.” He was also nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” his collaboration with 6lack on East Atlanta Love Letter (“Pretty Little Fears”). Cole’s own 2018 album, KOD, which was arguably one of the most successful and acclaimed albums in a very crowded year in music, wasn’t even mentioned among the list of nominees.

Cole’s ubiquity in popular culture but near complete absence at what many consider to be the industry’s barometer for success is one of the facet’s of Cole’s celebrity that makes him different from other Rap giants. Unlike Drake or Kendrick Lamar, Cole has lost every single Grammy for which he’s been nominated. Dating back to losing the award for “Best New Artist” in 2012 (to the band fun), his seemingly fruitless relationship with the Grammys hasn’t been a source of great concern to him, and certainly not a hindrance to his career. In fact, being a Grammy Award-losing rapper several times over may have helped Jermaine Cole get to where he is now, at the top.

J. Cole’s KOD May Be The Year’s Best Album & It Was Snubbed By The Grammys

In a recent interview with GQ‘s Allison P. Davis, the North Carolina MC/producer says his first Grammy loss was ultimately a good thing. “It would’ve been disastrous for me, because subconsciously it would’ve been sending me a signal of like ‘Okay, I am supposed to be this guy,’” he says. “But I would’ve been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out.” Instead, he’s released five platinum-selling albums and remained not only relevant, but influential. KOD, which arrived in April 2018, broke an all-time streaming record with its release.“I’m not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean?,” he says with a Zen-like matter-of-factedness. “At least not right now, and maybe never. And if that happens, then that’s just how it was supposed to be.”

Another facet of Cole’s fame that makes him singular is the success he’s found releasing truly solo work. “J. Cole went platinum with no features” has entered the Hip-Hop lexicon, as Davis points out in her story. Without a single collaborator on 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014), 4 Your Eyez Only (2016) or KOD, Cole has managed to execute and maintain a brand that is reliably solely on his ability to keep listeners engaged, without the hype of a splashy rollout, singles featuring hot new acts or even remixes. Cole’s well aware of all the “platinum with no features” talk, he tells Davis. “I was loving it…I was like, ‘Word up—this is funny as hell.’ But the second or third time, I was like, ‘All right, it’s almost embarrassing now.’ Like, ‘All right, man, y’all gonna make me put a feature on the album just so this sh*t can stop.’ ” He alludes to the fact that featuring another artist on a future album is within the realm of possibilities. “I don’t have any right now that I really want to boast about,” he says, suggesting a plan for collaboration is already in the works.

Here Are All The Hidden Messages In J. Cole’s “Middle Child” Video

Cole is celebrated for his social activism as well as his music. In conjunction with the release of 4 Your Eyez Only, Cole released a documentary with the same name. In it, he held and filmed conversations with Black Americans in various cities around the country, highlighting issues of systemic racism, murderous police and more. More recently, he added his voice to the throngs of Colin Kaepernick supporters, penning a powerful statement about why boycotting the NFL should continue. During his interview with Davis, Cole gets a phone call from the former football player turned civil-rights icon. After hearing the news that Kaepernick reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the league that effectively blacklisted him, Cole says “Justice was served. This man got his money, know what I mean? Plus, he’ll probably play again.”

This April, J. Cole and his label will make Hip-Hop history with Dreamville Fest, which takes place in Cole’s native North Carolina. In addition to being the first event of its kind produced by Cole and his team, it will have a powerful effect in improving the lives of citizens. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in September 2018, but organizers were forced to reschedule due to Hurricane Florence. As such, Cole announced proceeds from Dreamville Fest will benefit his Dreamville Foundation, whose mission is “to inspire, empower and encourage the urban youth.”

The feature also confirms that Cole and company recorded more than 127 songs for Revenge Of The Dreamers, Vol. 1.

At the 61st Grammy Awards, which aired in February, J. Cole was not a winner. He was nominated for his collaboration on Miguel’s War & Leisure (namely for “Best R&B Song” for “Come Through and Chill.” He was also nominated for “Best Rap/Sung Performance,” his collaboration with 6lack on East Atlanta Love Letter (“Pretty Little Fears”). Cole’s own 2018 album, KOD, which was arguably one of the most successful and acclaimed albums in a very crowded year in music, wasn’t even mentioned among the list of nominees.

Cole’s ubiquity in popular culture but near complete absence at what many consider to be the industry’s barometer for success is one of the facet’s of Cole’s celebrity that makes him different from other Rap giants. Unlike Drake or Kendrick Lamar, Cole has lost every single Grammy for which he’s been nominated. Dating back to losing the award for “Best New Artist” in 2012 (to the band fun), his seemingly fruitless relationship with the Grammys hasn’t been a source of great concern to him, and certainly not a hindrance to his career. In fact, being a Grammy Award-losing rapper several times over may have helped Jermaine Cole get to where he is now, at the top.

J. Cole’s KOD May Be The Year’s Best Album & It Was Snubbed By The Grammys

In a recent interview with GQ‘s Allison P. Davis, the North Carolina MC/producer says his first Grammy loss was ultimately a good thing. “It would’ve been disastrous for me, because subconsciously it would’ve been sending me a signal of like ‘Okay, I am supposed to be this guy,’” he says. “But I would’ve been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out.” Instead, he’s released five platinum-selling albums and remained not only relevant, but influential. KOD, which arrived in April 2018, broke an all-time streaming record with its release.“I’m not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean?,” he says with a Zen-like matter-of-factedness. “At least not right now, and maybe never. And if that happens, then that’s just how it was supposed to be.”

Another facet of Cole’s fame that makes him singular is the success he’s found releasing truly solo work. “J. Cole went platinum with no features” has entered the Hip-Hop lexicon, as Davis points out in her story. Without a single collaborator on 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014), 4 Your Eyez Only (2016) or KOD, Cole has managed to execute and maintain a brand that is reliably solely on his ability to keep listeners engaged, without the hype of a splashy rollout, singles featuring hot new acts or even remixes. Cole’s well aware of all the “platinum with no features” talk, he tells Davis. “I was loving it…I was like, ‘Word up—this is funny as hell.’ But the second or third time, I was like, ‘All right, it’s almost embarrassing now.’ Like, ‘All right, man, y’all gonna make me put a feature on the album just so this sh*t can stop.’ ” He alludes to the fact that featuring another artist on a future album is within the realm of possibilities. “I don’t have any right now that I really want to boast about,” he says, suggesting a plan for collaboration is already in the works.

Here Are All The Hidden Messages In J. Cole’s “Middle Child” Video

Cole is celebrated for his social activism as well as his music. In conjunction with the release of 4 Your Eyez Only, Cole released a documentary with the same name. In it, he held and filmed conversations with Black Americans in various cities around the country, highlighting issues of systemic racism, murderous police and more. More recently, he added his voice to the throngs of Colin Kaepernick supporters, penning a powerful statement about why boycotting the NFL should continue. During his interview with Davis, Cole gets a phone call from the former football player turned civil-rights icon. After hearing the news that Kaepernick reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the league that effectively blacklisted him, Cole says “Justice was served. This man got his money, know what I mean? Plus, he’ll probably play again.”

This April, J. Cole and his label will make Hip-Hop history with Dreamville Fest, which takes place in Cole’s native North Carolina. In addition to being the first event of its kind produced by Cole and his team, it will have a powerful effect in improving the lives of citizens. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in September 2018, but organizers were forced to reschedule due to Hurricane Florence. As such, Cole announced proceeds from Dreamville Fest will benefit his Dreamville Foundation, whose mission is “to inspire, empower and encourage the urban youth.”

The feature also confirms that Cole and company recorded more than 127 songs for Revenge Of The Dreamers, Vol. 1.

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8 Things We Learned From J. Cole’s Interview With ‘GQ’

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For most of his career, J. Cole has been known to be one of the most, if not the most, reserved artist in the rap game. From rarely giving interviews to lack of collaborations with other big-name rappers, everyone knew that the Dreamville honcho kept to himself and that’s just how it was and probably always will be.

But according to him, it’s a new day and the biggest Hip-Hop name to ever come out of North Carolina (Sorry Petey Pablo) has made it a point to change his ways as “I realize, like, memories come from getting out of my comfort zone—great memories.” Looking to turn over a new leaf in this new year, Cole starts off by giving a rare interview to GQ where he talks everything from Hip-Hop stardom to fatherhood.

From explaining how he really felt about the everyone referring to him as the first rapper to go platinum without any features to getting offered a record deal from one of the biggest names in the NBA, J. Cole revealed some pretty interesting stuff to GQ’s Allison P. Davis.

Here are the 8 things we learned from J. Cole in GQ.

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J. Cole’s ‘Middle Child’ Went Platinum

This has been one heck of an open to the year for Dreamville rapper J. Cole. Do you remember the track he released about a month and a half ago called “Middle Child”? Well, it has gone platinum! He recently released the visual to his hit track and we are waiting on the finished product of the forthcoming compilation album. Back in January, there was a 10-day retreat of the whole Dreamville camp laying numerous tracks down, and we should expect that it will drop sometime in April.

They tweeted that the album is done but making final adjustments to it. The North Carolina native recently performed at the NBA All-Star game halftime show and paid respect to 21 Savage while performing “a lot” off Savage’s latest album.

We want to say congrats to you Cole for you going platinum for “Middle Child!” Watch the visual below in his honor.

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Watch: J. Cole’s MIDDLE CHILD Hidden Meanings & Easter Eggs Revealed

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Dreamville boss J. Cole didn’t just put out a solid “Middle Child” but a message-driven must-see visual. Peep below for some key gems Jermaine sprinkled in his premiere.

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J. Cole Wants To Drop ‘Revenge Of The Dreamers III’ By April

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Just before releasing his “Middle Child” video, J. Cole dropped some details about Dreamville’s forthcoming Revenge of The Dreamers III compilation album. In a Youtube conversation with fans, Cole revealed he hopes to release the project by April.

“ROTD is being finished right now, post-production sh*t,” he said, according to screenshots posted by VIBE. “Tracking out songs, sequencing then editing, then we gotta mix. We’re shooting for April.”

He also responded to a fan’s question about why he decided to drop “Middle Child” as a single. “Good question,” he said. “Past 3 albums I dropped with no single. Haven’t dropped a real single since Born Sinner. The way I was doing it was getting too stale for me, I had to get out my comfort zone.”

If you missed Cole’s new visual, watch that here. Also, stay tuned for the third installation of Revenge of The Dreamers, in addition to Dreamville Festival, which is also set to go down this April.

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J. Cole Drops Instant-Classic MIDDLE CHILD Video, Soulja Boy’s Blac Chyna Tattoo Revealed, Ole Miss Players Protest National Anthem?

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Moving Monday. It’s all about keeping it moving SOHH why not get things going with J. Cole dropping an epic-looking “Middle Child” music video? Speaking of hip-hop, how about Soulja Boy possibly getting Blac Chyna‘s name tatted on him? On a more serious note, are we 100 percent here for an Ole Miss school’s players protesting a confederate flag rally by kneeling during the national anthem? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.

1. Must-See

J. Cole is really on his music grind and isn’t wasting time getting tunes and visuals to the fans. His new “Middle Child” is solid and already racking up tons of views. YouTube has the premiere:

Are you impressed? Do you need more J. Cole? Is this his year? #SOHHWhatchaThink?

2. Chyna Doll

Did Soulja Boy really get Blac Chyna’s name tatted onto his body? Looks like something went down – notably because SB tossed up a since-deleted post hinting at a BC ink job. Check it out below:

Do you think this is real? Think they were ever serious? Should SB and BC try to date each other again? #SOHHWhatchaThink?

3. Fight For Your Right

There is some serious tension going on right now in Mississippi and it’s all because of the actions of eight men’s basketball players kneeling during the national anthem before a Saturday game. The motivation? Turns out it was a response to a pro-Confederate rally going on around the campus. The NY Times has the scoop:

Minutes before tipoff, the teams formed lines for the anthem. As “The Star-Spangled Banner” began, six players from the Rebels took a knee and bowed. Toward the end of the anthem, two teammates joined them. With the gesture, the Mississippi players joined an array of athletes who have protested racial injustice by taking a knee during the anthem, following an example set in 2016 by Colin Kaepernick, a former N.F.L. quarterback. The pro-Confederate demonstration was led by out-of-state protesters a few hundred feet from the arena. (NY Times)

Do you agree? Is this the best peaceful protest action? Will this carry over to the NBA? #SOHHWhatchaThink?

That wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the scoop from your fave gossip sites.

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