Its sad to say that in 2013, race is still an issue. With the Trayvon Martin case racial profiling has been the main topic of discussion this year and to be honest will always be.
With Born Sinner, making history when it became one of four hip hop albums to top the Billboard charts over four consecutive weeks, J.Cole sat down with BET and discussed racial profiling and how the race card has effected him during his career as a rapper.
Catch highlights from the interview below
BET: There’s been a lot of conversation about the Trayvon Martin tragedy and what young Black men experience. Do you experience racism?
For sure, absolutely, I just got pulled over on 42nd street in Times Square for what I believe was nothing. They said it was for tints on my front window, which is barely tinted. I really believe it was because I had my hat low. I was driving through Times Square and I just didn’t want to be seen. So I had my hat low and I think I was looking “suspicious” just as a Black man with my brim low, when I was really just trying to cover my face. They came to my window, pulled me over. I feel like if I was a white man driving, they wouldn’t question me about my tints. They told me to roll down my back window; they look in my car as if they’re looking for something. I feel like that was the real thing, they were trying to catch somebody slipping. That just happened three days ago. I almost didn’t even name that because I am so used to that. That’s something that I feel like somebody my age that’s white doesn’t have to go through, especially in New York City. On the other hand, every time I’m on the plane in first class — this is a lesser evil but it still represents their mind state — I promise you, 60 percent of the time somebody asks me what basketball team do I play for or do I rap. [Laughs] I am a rapper, I wish I could tell them something better — that happens all the time and I hate it. I hate that we’re stereotyped and I hate that I’m fitting into the same stereotype. Read the rest of this entry
Im not saying this to shake you up, Im just saying this to wake you up !
Zamnnnnnn zadddy ! It must be levels to this sh-t because Kendrick Lamar just single handedly annihilated every rapper in the building. Rapper Big Sean released a track titled “Control” which features rapper Kendrick Lamar, in Kendrick’s verse he calls out all of his peers challenging them to step their game all the way up and put more effort into their work.
On the track he calls out names including J Cole, Big KRIT, Wale Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler and Mac Miller. Now of course the context of his lyrics some may see as a diss or feel like Kendrick was throwing shade but in all honesty maybe this is just what rap needed.
I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New niggas just new niggas, don’t get involved
I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition? I’m tryna raise the bar high
Who tryna jump and get it? You better off tryna skydive
Out the exit window of 5 G5’s with 5 grand
With your granddad as the pilot he drunk as fuck tryna land
With the hand full of arthritis and popping prosthetic leg
Bumpin Pac in the cockpit so the shit that pops in his head
Is an option of violence, someone heard the stewardess said
That your parachute is a latex condom hooked to a dread
Out of the ones mentioned Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T and Mac Miller were the only ones to respond
Pusha T: I hear u loud and clear my n-gga… @kendricklamar
Big K.R.I.T: “This is Gladiator Shit”…Gotta give the people what they want.
Mac Miller: If I can’t do no more nouns or verbs ima start comin with the wildest adjective bars that anyone has ever heard
It wasn’t long before other rappers started coming out the word work responding via Twitter and even making tracks of their own.
Joe Budden: @kendricklamar u my n-gga 4 life bro…. But u gon learn today.
Just Blaze: I never really tweet about music. But good lord.. @kendricklamar just like.. Bodied everyones entire year’s worth of raps lol.
Trinidad James: I don’t feel like @kendricklamar dissed anybody. He just has moved up to another level. Y’all late overly dedicated nigga! Bruh been fire!!!
Tyga: That kendrick verse crazy! I gotta get back on my own shi.ain’t gon lie I made so much $ I lost sum inspiration for music.#Inspired rite now
Talib Kweli: Y’all New York Rappers ready to stop rapping like y’all from down south yet? #kingofny
Fabolous: Any studios open yet?
Yassss ! This is how real hip hop/rap was born, battling and striving to be the best ! & it’s a hot track !
Listen to the track below
Below we complied a list of response tracks. Who did it the best?
Considering their respective albums have recently dropped Wale and J.Cole have decided to jump on a track together off Wale’s latest album The Gifted. Although the track “Winter Schemes” produced by Jake One, is indeed ahead of its time seasonally it is definitely a summer jam you wanna bump to.
This is the third time the two have teamed up to do a song together. J.Cole featured on Wale’s “Bad Girls Club” and “Beautiful Bliss.”
Listen to the track below
Dont call it a comeback !
Mario has dropped the visuals for his latest single Somebody Else, produced by Polow Da Don which features Nicki Minaj off his fifth studio album “Restoration.” The album Mario claims “It’s gonna be totally different than D.N.A. Not typical R&B style but more like club songs” he told Spin FM.
In the opening of the video Mario is found sprawled across a car which becomes clear as the video progresses that he was pushed by a angry girlfriend from a building which is played by Nicki Minaj. Mario sat down with MTV News and stated that Nicki Minaj was the perfect person to play the part.
I feel like Nicki fit the same characteristics of the track,” he told MTV News. “Being from New York, being grungy, but at the same time understanding taste and prestige and also being a great lyricist and being able to represent a brand. She has her own brand and she’s so versatile,” he added. “She could take it back to her roots when she was putting out mixtapes that were just real gritty and straight to the point. We need that. So I think that she was the only one really.”
Mario also stated that he had four concepts for the video but he decided to go to cinematic route to give the audience something unexpected.
I had three or four concepts for the video because I didn’t wanna do the typical ‘cheat on your girl and she walks in the house and catches you’ type of thing,” he said. “I wanted there to be more shock value. I wanted it to feel like a movie and to feel cinematic
The album will be in stores September 17, Mario is currently working on is second single which will feature J.Cole “Fatal Attraction”, Sevyn Streeter will also be featured on the album.
Watch the video below
Cole World !
Yesterday Roc Nation’s artist J.Cole released his second studio album Born Sinner. Many fans tweet and retweet J.Cole via Twitter congratulating him on the album as well as uploading pictures of the already purchased album to show their support. It was until one fan took it to far and uploaded a picture of him pointing a gun at his little sister tweeting J.Cole saying @JColeNC retweet me and I’ll buy Born Sinner. Don’t retweet me and I’ll kill my lil sister.
Without taking the fan’s threats lightly, J.Cole immediately retweeted and wrote on his twitter wildest shit I seen on Twitter. Satisfied by the retweet the owner of the account dubbed it all as a joke. Fans and other Twitter users shot the boy all sorts of angry tweets. Since the incident, the picture has been taken down.
SMH ! Peep the tweets below