Thursday, October 29, 2009


"don't worry i'm just ventin"



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What up

4 in the morning, I'm in the hotel in Michigan and can't sleep. I been meaning to blog for the longest so why not now.

Currently reading some comments on youtube for some of my favorite songs of mine (hold it down, song for the ville, show me something, others..) thanks for the love yall.

If you haven't heard by now I'm opening up on The Blueprint 3 tour. When I say opening up, I mean REALLY opening up. A nigga goes on stage like 10 minutes before the show is actually scheduled to start! Ha! I love it though, its all a part of paying dues and earning stripes. The highlight of each night comes when I get my minute of shine on stage to do "star is born" with hov. Arena jam-packed with thousands, and each time I step on that stage I know that "this is where I wanna be." Takes a lot of work (and a lot of hits) to get to that point in your career, but I'm ready to start the journey.

I be KNOCKED OUT on the bus. 12 and 13 hours at a time.

What else...

All I will tell yall about the album is that it's coming along much faster than I thought it would, and that the shit i've done so far feels reeaal special. I don't know what that means in terms of release date, but I believe everything will happen how and when it's supposed to.

I'ma try to be more frequent with the blogging. It's bad enough I only twitter random shit once every 3 days, just to say I did it.

Til next time,


Friday, September 4, 2009

This shit is SICK!

This is incredible

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blueprint 3?? Who woulda thought.

While I'm workin on the album I get urges to go off on certain beats I love. This is similar to the process of how The Warm Up originally started. I'm already sitting on some gems as we speak. I figured yall been rockin that warm up for a couple months, let's let some of them out.

First up; Back To The Topic Freestyle

What's all this leading to? Shit, it ain't no tellin..

"I Came Up, I Warmed Up, the next up... "

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ain't no such thing as halfway crooks

This is not on The Warm Up.

Shook Ones freestyle

In case you missed it

When the cover was placed up on some of the blogs yesterday I think some people might have been confused as to wtf I was doing holding a basketball haa.

Well in case you were one of those people here's the Trailer which gives you a little more feel of the concept. It hit most of the blogs but I never put it on my own.

J Cole - The Warm Up (trailer) from bbgun on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm gettin anxious dawg

It's almost here man. Shout out to Alex Haldi on the cover, he also did the cover for "The Come Up" that I loved so much. Hit yall with the tracklist later this week.

I think i'll drop 2 joints today, one that made the cut and later on I'll put out some shit that won't be on the "mixtape"(somebody will come up with a better word one of these days)

Here's "Heartache."

This is produced by Elite, you might be able to tell from how epic the shit sounds. As a producer I find myself being in amazement over of his drums. Like how did you do that?

For the record I prefer you to hear the project in it's entirety rather than leaking joints, but it's necessary.



Monday, June 1, 2009

I got good news.. and bad news

The bad news is The Warm Up will not be dropping today (Don't shoot!).. I know, I know. But this is the final push back. There were some loose ends that still need to be tied, but the FINAL official date for this mixtape is June 15th. With the couple new joints I added last week I can confidently say it's worth a 2 week wait.

But, I still feel terrible for the 4 of us that were waiting to get it today (ha!) So I had to come with a whole lot of good news to compensate.

1. Last summer me and the most incredible up and coming directors BBGUN shot 3 videos, which all connected like a mini short movie. The 1st part was "Lights Please", which flowed into "Simba", and the 3rd was for this amazing song that you guys will hear in the future. The videos came out crazy, and we've been sitting on them for like 10 months.

Well today I give you "Simba"

J. Cole - Simba (Directed by BBGUN) from bbgun on Vimeo.

2. We're throwing a release party for The Warm Up in both NYC and Fayetteville, NC. The NYC date is tentatively June 15th, will give details when it's locked in. The date for the party in the Ville is lookin like June 25th. I'll keep everybody updated.

3. "Lights Please" will be on my album. But we're putting an early version of it on The Warm Up. This is the song/version that got me to Jay.

4. Same goes with "Losing My Balance", early version on the mixtape.

5. My website should be up tomorrow.

6. I just saved a ton of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico.

Enjoy the video, more songs and leaks coming in the next two weeks.



Monday, May 18, 2009

2 Weeks Away

We are officially TWO weeks from the release of The Warm Up, my second mixtape. It's going down to the wire, I'll probably be adding and subtracting songs up until the last second.

It's time to start throwing shit out there though, to give people a glimpse of what's coming soon. Here is a DEFINITE off of The Warm Up. My second stab at Dead Presidents. The first was on The Come Up mixtape, and it's really interesting for me as a rapper to play both versions back to back and hear my own growth in the past 2 and a half years. This is one of my personal favorites from The Warm Up.

J. Cole- "Dead Presidents II"


PS- I just want to give a special shout to all those who may be reading this and to those who are supporting me this early on. I'm still way under the radar right now, but that's how I always planned it. It's going to be fun sneaking up on the game, and I think it'll be cool if one day you'll be able to say "I was on him first!"


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

GREAT Story/Interview

The Follow Up

If I could choose one person to do all of my interviews for the rest of my career, it would be Miss Shauna Barbosa, aka Elle over at Letsjusteatcheese. The girl is a phenomenal writer, and I always enjoy the interview experience with her. Click the link above and enjoy the latest.

It's a follow up interview: the first took place last Fall, before the deal. Read that one HERE. Classic

You get way more in depth than the usual "tell us about the deal."


Friday, April 24, 2009

Interview with Karen Civil

shout out to Karen, thanks for the interview.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Now I Am...

I had an incredible time last night at the Chapel Hill show. This was my first performance in North Carolina since my deal, and it felt better than I dreamed. Carolina is a place that's hungry for great hip hop music, and thirsty for someone from home to truly root for on a major level. That's what I always hoped to be for us.

I changed up my set last night for the home crowd, and for my last song I decided to perform one of my favorite joints off The Warm Up. The outro to the mixtape, "Last Call"

Luckily, AychKay caught footage of the song at a great angle, and put it up (thank you). I decided to share with yall, .

Pardon my voice, at this point in the show it was a struggle to get these words out, but I'm grateful it held up.

J. Cole Performing from AychKay on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Who the fuck is J. Scott?

Life is good. Was out of town for a few days doing some shows in VA. Loving the experience of opening up for these unfamiliar crowds. Winning people over is tough when you're not the one they paid to see, but its something I look at as a challenge.

Here's an entertaining video I chopped up from footage of the Norfolk show. I'm not into putting out too much personal footage, but I couldn't resist including the last part of this video. Just watch! Shout to Wale ha!

Monday, April 6, 2009

HipHopGame Interview

Here's an interview from HipHopGame, a follow up to our previous interview. I discuss the deal and a little of how I got to this point. Shout out to Wale. The way they worded the question on the text version made my response seem a little off "As long as the vibe is there." All good though.

Thanks to Brian and Tom at HHG.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

This time's for real

Ok this time is for real. To anyone reading this, this is the official restart of the restart of this Dreamvillain blog ha. I signed my record deal on February 24th of this year, but if you know me you know it's been a long hard journey to even get this far. But those years of dedication and faith have only gotten me to the starting line. Now it's time to race.

Grateful to my manager Mark Pitts, ByStorm Entertainment, Jay-z and the whole Roc Nation family for the opportunity. Grateful to my immediate team, a bunch of Dream chasing motivated people who believe in me (thanks) and only make the journey that much better. My loved ones who held me down through the darkest and brokest of days.

Enough with the emotional, let's get this blog going. This is my way to communicate directly with any fans I might pick up along the way that want to know my thoughts. I remember being (dangerously) in love with Alicia Keys when I was like 15 and I used to hit her website (still remember) everyday waiting for a "Diary" update from her. I thought it was so sick to be able to get a glimpse into what she was thinking or doing at times. Maybe one day this will become that type of thing for a fan or two out there.

Hope you enjoy.

Fayettenam forever! "The Warm Up" April 27!

PS- The pic above is from a show last week at Syracuse University. Shout out to Cuse' and the photographer AJ Chavar who took these shots.