February 2013

J. Cole “Truly Yours” EP Download

J. Cole "Truly Yours" EP Download


J. Cole releases a free five-track EP ahead of the release of his sophomore album “Born Sinner.”

J. Cole has released a new free EP for fans titled Truly Yours.

The project, which features five tracks, comes in anticipation of his upcoming sophomore album Born Sinner, which is currently without a release date.

In a letter posted on his website, the Roc Nation rapper explains that he’s recorded four album’s worth of material and that much of it will not make the album. He says that the five songs included on this EP are in their “raw form” and have “no polish.” He also reveals that Born Sinner‘s first single will drop this week.

Back in November, Cole announced that Born Sinner would be released on January 28th. Shortly after, he dropped the offering’s street single “Miss America.”

Check the letter and tracklist below, and download the EP here.

It’s time.

I appreciate you giving me the time I needed to grow, experiment, and find the direction for my 2nd album.. And I have.
Along the way I’ve recorded at least 4 albums worth of material, lots of it being unfinished demo versions waiting to be polished up, some of them are great songs and important stories that just won’t make the album (either they don’t fit Sonically, don’t fit Theme, or there’s just not enough space) .

Tonight, I want to give you a few of these songs because you deserve them. It’s hard as fuck for me to keep all this music from you for so long, so I know it’s been hard for you to wait. Thank you for your patience. Vibe out to these songs in their raw form, no polish.. just a lot of my soul..

The wait is over.

Truly Yours,

Born Sinner

Truly Yours

PS- 1st single coming this week. The album is hands down my best work yet. Can’t wait to share.

01 Can I Holla At Ya
02 Crunch Time
03 Rise Above
04 Tears For ODB
05 Stay (2009)

B.o.B Explains Busta Rhymes’ Influence, Talks Industry “Politricks” & Songwriting Approach


B.o.B Explains Busta Rhymes' Influence, Talks Industry "Politricks" & Songwriting Approach

Exclusive: B.o.B explains how much Busta Rhymes influenced him, talks about his songwriting and trying to get a deal to get rid of pain.

The club is dark. There is a cloud of smoke above one person in the entire club. Snoop Dogg is sitting below it, smoking, lounging in slippers as he reminisces about his greatest hits. Busta Rhymes is sitting beside him, nodding his head as Snoop (Lion) makes points and shares stories. Soon, it is B.o.B’s turn to speak. This may seem like a scene out of a Hip Hop fan’s dream and for B.o.B, it’s more of a dream come true. He was sitting on the panel for BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song” and next to seasoned veterans Busta and Snoop, B.o.B felt comfortable and at home. However, as he explained, he was still in awe of the moment. 

“I used to watch Busta Rhymes videos back when I was a kid,” Bobby Ray tells HipHopDX right after he exits the venue and enters his car for the day. He’s either relaxed or tired but he seems comfortable, reclining in the plush, cream-colored leather seat. “I used to look at him like, ‘Wow! That’s crazy! That’s dope! I want to do that!’ So this is definitely coming full circle.”

It’s a journey that wasn’t always easy. In fact, B.o.B struggled with uncertainty before his career took off with “Airplanes.” As he explained on the song, he was yearning for a deal to “take away all the pain.” That deal eventually came but the struggle of uncertainty was one he had to wrestle with.

“It really spoke more to how I felt at that time in my life,” he revealed. “I was coming out of high school, a young aspiring dude trying to prove he can make it. At the same time, I was dealing with the timeline of life. This is around the time when you have to go to college and ‘pick your career.’ So for me, that song talked about those different places in life.”

But more than that, he was hungry for respect. He was also hungry for a cure for all ills, one that he felt he could get if only he got that record deal.“When you’re an artist, you want to accomplish something,” he explained of his mentality when writing his first major hit. “It’s similar to being an athlete and you want to get that championship so that everything will be better. [You think] it will take it all away. It’s like winning the lottery and then all your problems are gone.”

All those problems didn’t actually fade. Instead, he added, they intensified. But now he feels he’s learned from the pitfalls of the industry, better understanding how to navigate through what he called “the politricks.” 

“[The original ‘Airplanes’] relates more now to my life because now I’m on my third album. I’ve seen the cycle of the industry. I’ve seen how the politricks go and all of that,” he noted with a smile. “You know? You get more hip to what’s going on. Part two [which featured Eminem] was more about my past.”

But now, we’re sitting on Grammy Saturday. He reaches for a water bottle and takes a sip as we talk about his current style. He’s had many different hats on, from the guitar-playing singer/songwriter on“Don’t Let Me Fall” to the romantic B.o.B on “Nothin’ On You” down to Bobby Ray in those early mixtapes. But today, he says, it’s still difficult for him to classify his style.

“If you take a white beam of light and take it through a prism, it’s going to divide into many different colors,” he says, holding onto his water. “So it’s hard to say which one of those beams of light fully represents the full spectrum. I kind of approach my music that way. I don’t necessarily approach any song thinking like a rapper or like a singer or a musician. I just go and whatever comes out, I’m equipped to do.” 

After releasing last year’s Fuck Em, We Ball, B.o.B is prepping the release of his next project. He’s still got T.I. riding with him. A few hours after this interview with HipHopDX, T.I. surprised B.o.B fans with a special appearance and performance at his Los Angeles show. 

RELATED: Snoop Dogg, B.o.B & Busta Rhymes Reveal Stories Behind Hits For BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song”



Rap Release Dates: French Montana, LL Cool J, REKS, Travi$ Scott

French Montana gets another pushback on “Excuse My French,” as does LL Cool J’s upcoming album “Authentic.”

French Montana can’t seem to land a solid release date for his oft-delayed major label debut Excuse My French. Last week, the Bad Boy rapper announced that the LP has been pushed back yet again, this time settling on May 21st for release. LL Cool J also moved his upcoming album Authentic, bumping the LP from the end of this month to May 7th, a week before Eve releases her comeback album Lip Lock. REKS is gearing up for the release of Revolution Cocktail, set to drop on February 26th, while G.O.O.D. Music’s Travi$ Scott throws a free project out to the masses on February 22nd with his Owl Pharaoh EP.

Check HipHopDX’s Release Dates page for all your Hip Hop album needs.

February 12
Ras Kass – Barmageddon
Chamillionare – Elevate
Cappadonna – Eyrth, Wynd & Fyre
J Dilla – Donuts [Box Set]

February 19
Inspectah Deck & 7L & Esoteric – Czarface
MED, Blu & Madlib – The Burgundy EP

February 22
Travi$ Scott – Owl Pharaoh EP

February 26
50 Cent – Street King Immortal
Alexander Spit – A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside
Kutt Calhoun – Black Gold
Trinity (A.G., Sadat X & DJ Jab) – 20 In
Planet Asia and Gensu Dean – Abrasions
Ill Bill – The Grimy Awards
REKS – Revolution Cocktail

March 5
Demigodz – Killmatic

March 12
Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves

March 19
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
Swollen Members – Beautiful Death Machine

March 26
Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being II
Tyga – Hotel California
Ashanti – Braveheart

April 16
Illogic & Blockhead – Capture The Sun

April 23
Talib Kweli – Prisoner Of Consciousness
Kid CuDi – indicud

April 30
Chrisette Michele – Better

May 7
LL Cool J – Authentic
The-Dream – Fourplay

May 14
Eve – Lip Lock

May 21
French Montana – Excuse My French

Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake Reportedly Planning Stadium Tour

Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake Reportedly Planning Stadium Tour

While no official word has been given, reports indicate that Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are planning to head out on a 10-city stadium tour.

Fresh off their Grammy performance, Justin Timberlakeand Jay-Z may be on the verge of a stadium tour. According to the New York Post, Timberlake and Jigga could be close to revealing their plans for a 10-city tour. No official word has been given.  

Their relationship has gotten closer, as The Postexplained, with Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel sitting next to Jay-Z and wife Beyonce at the Grammys. The paper also says Timberlake may have hinted towards the tour on the red carpet. 

“We’re definitely going to go on tour . . . I don’t know how much I should say . . . It’s going to be a lot of fun, I know that,” he reportedly said.

No word yet on who Timberlake was referring to when he used “we” in the statement. Jay-Z and Timberlake’s current bond may stem from a collaboration for “Suit & Tie.” Before this, Timberlake was unhappy that the two hadn’t worked together on his previous albums. 

HipHopDX will update the story as it unveils. 

Nelly Enlists Nelly Furtado, T.I., Trey Songz & Wiz Khalifa For “M.O.”


Nelly Enlists Nelly Furtado, T.I., Trey Songz & Wiz Khalifa For "M.O."

Nelly reveals some key features for his upcoming sixth studio album.

Nelly is enlisting a handful of guests for his upcoming album M.O.

During an interview with THR on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards, the St. Louis, Missouri said that he’s got features from Nelly Furtado, Trey SongzT.I. and Wiz Khalifa for the LP, which is slated for release in June via Nelly’s Universal imprint Derrty Entertainment.

“The new album is full of great collaborations,” he said. “I have the first ever Nelly and Nelly collaboration, myself and Nelly Furtado. Also, Trey songz is on my album, T.I. is on my album, a lot of people. Wiz Khalifa… It’s a great album.”

The St. Lunatic recently released the offering’s first single “Hey Porsche,” which debuted on the Pop Songs chart at No. 36. The song marked his first entry on that chart in two-and-a-half years.

“It’s kind of shooting up a little faster than we expected,” he said, noting that the automobile-themed video will arrive soon. “We didn’t have the video ready. We just got the video ready and are getting ready to drop it.”

Nelly most recently released his Scorpio Season mixtape. His last album, 5.0, was his lowest-charting solo set to date, debuting at No. 10 on the charts with 63,000 copies in November 2010.

RELATED: Nelly Addresses Shifting His Sound On New Single “Hey Porsche”

Toni Braxton Says She’s Done With Singing

Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” Certified Platinum

Kendrick Lamar earns a platinum plaque for his work on “Swimming Pools (Drank).”

Last year’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar has reached another milestone. First, the album went gold. Now, the album’s second single, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is certified platinum.

The track was released in late July of 2012, a year that would see Lamar celebrated for his efforts. His work ongood kid landed him several other achievements, including HipHopDX’s Album of the Year, our Readers’ Choice Album of the Year and Emcee of the Year.

“Swimming Pools” topped charts both in the States and overseas, where he is currently touring. Theofficial remix for the track features Lamar’s Black Hippy family. The video for the track, seen below, matches the song’s anti-drinking theme. 

RELATED: Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” Certified Gold

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