In another edition of ICYMI, the new release that I think takes the cake for the past couple of days is J. Cole's short film for "Crooked Smile". I was expecting to see TLC in the video, but J. Cole had a different approach. Instead, there were no performance scenes and he told the story of himself as a drug dealer and a DEA agent after him. They each love their respective daughters but things take a sad turn when the DEA agent and his team take down Cole's character. The video is in memory of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, which if you read her story, you'll see how she was the inspiration. I'm sure I'm amongst many who felt emotional after taking this one in and so if you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you do when in the right mood. Brilliant job by Cole and director Sheldon Candis.
Great look for the Chi's Vic Mensa as he'll begin touring with J. Cole & Wale as an opening act in select cities for the What Dreams May Come Tour. Vic will begin, naturally, in his hometown this Saturday at the Arie Crown Theater. Be sure to catch the tour when it hits your city in the next few weeks and you'll also catch one of the fastest rising artists outta the Chi. Plus, Vic will also be on tour with electronic group Disclosure to begin 2014. Those dates are below as well.
Lookin' forward to that INNANETAPE on September 30th.
What Dreams May Come Tour Dates:
9/21 – Chicago, IL — Arie Crown Theater
9/24 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena @ Boston University
Had to shine the spotlight on this big collab off the recently made available Self Made 3 as Wale, J. Cole, Rockie Fresh, and Meek Mill all combine for this groove "Black Grammys". Certainly worth a listen.
My favorite verses (in order): Rockie Fresh, Wale, J. Cole, Meek Mill
And this story is too good not to be made up. Questlove explains to OKP in detail how, when looking for his wallet, he found a brand new iPhone, sifted through the photos and some contacts to see that it has to be J. Cole's. Hah! They must've been riding the same van with a month plus in between. Hah! While this is a reminder that the world is small, this is also a reminder on me to put a security code on my iPhone. But hey, if I ever lose my unlocked iPhone, maybe my #1 crush Hannah McKay will find it and can tweet at me :D
For the first time ever, J. Cole and Jennifer Hudson share the stage as J. Hud takes on the hook on the TLC-featured "Crooked Smile". This song jumps up another level live with a stellar performance from J. Cole and some good chemistry between him and Hudson. This is one of the many *Tibs Favs. on Born Sinner as well, so it was cool to see this on the VH1 Do Something! Awards stage. Plus, J. Cole reppin' the Stanley Cup Champs! How appropriate alongside the Chicago-born performer.
Why not make this a double dose of J. Cole news?! Here he is covering the other half of the 20th Anniversary cover of VIBE with Nas (Robin Thicke & Janelle Monae take the R&B side.) Peep the photoshoot footage here.
Omen drops a new unreleased track produced by J. Cole — a very visual and lyrical song that you've come to expect from the talented artist. I liked when he switched up the flows mid-verse. Give this one a few listens and let it grow on you. New Omen project coming this Fall.