Perhaps the new, most-anticipated track off Born Sinner, here is a HQ recording of "Forbidden Fruit" featuring Kendrick Lamar from J. Cole's Born Sinner listening session that was streamed worldwide in major cities tonight.
Two main things you'll notice right away:
1. A dope sample of ATCQ's classic "Electric Relaxation"
2. Kendrick only sings the hook and doesn't have a verse. I guess Cole wasn't joking when he said he's the only one rapping on the album. (Scottie Pimpen just commented here at the office: "Kendrick should have threw a verse on there. This is a duo track!" Couldn't agree more. Try not to let that disappoint you and take away from the track.)
But hey, that's all fine by me. J. Cole held it down with my highlight coming in the first half of the first verse with all the clever religious allusions. "Cole is the king most definite, my little black book thicker than the Old Testament" took me a second, then the light bulb went off. This one's definitely a groove throughout.
Earlier today, a possible tracklist for J. Cole'sBorn Sinner album was leaked and the Fayetteville MC recently took to twitter to confirm it. At first glance, it seemed pretty hefty of a tracklist for the "ADHD" generation, but what is pictured above will be the Deluxe Version that includes Truly Yours 3. No word yet if the that will be ever be released separately, but there is definitely a few interesting features including 50 Cent. I'm late to seeing these, but if you are as well peep the different album covers for the standard and deluxe versions.
What's probably the most anticipated track off J. Cole's upcoming album, Born Sinner, hits the interwebs this morning as Chilli & T-Boz join J. Cole for a heartwarming, soulful collab "Crooked Smile". Their assistance for the chorus, plus the very fitting production, gives this single a 90s feel right off the bat. I have mixed feelings on Cole's verses; there's just a little something lacking overall, but my favorite line was in the third verse: "But we got dreams and we got the right to chase 'em, look at the nation, that's a crooked smile braces couldn't even straighten."
I'll give this a *Tibs Fav. rating, but I'm not in love with the single either. How do you guys feel about it?
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Very cool concept. J. Cole's upcoming Dollar & A Dream Tour will hit 10 cities this month (yup, technically it's the 1st at posting time) — no locations are revealed, and no tickets will be sold. In fact, it'll be first come, first serve and to get in, all you gotta do is show up and drop a dollar. More details to surely be announced as we get closer to showtime.
With the new album, Born Sinner, on the way, J. Cole gets a nice promo look by covering the new Billboard Mag. While the "thinking man's pose" may feel a little contrived, I do like the overall design and aesthetic of the cover with the font styles and sizes. The cover also comes with this intriguing quote:
"Imagine LeBron James when he didn't have a championship. The pressure was affecting his game. That's where I've been for the past two years."
- J. Cole
In case you missed it earlier tonight, J. Cole released a new track from Born Sinner entitled "N*****z Know". Hear that here.
Pretty soon, these 3 will be more than photoshopped together... they'll be on the same record!
In a new interview with BBC's Charlie Sloth, a slightly reluctant J. Cole revealed a new collab to expect on the upcoming album, Born Sinner, and that's one with TLC! Given the latter's new return to music, this song will instantly be one to check for come June 18th. In addition, J. Cole added "It's crazy. No one's rapping on the album." OK, I like that, J. As Charlie said, I agree that he can carry the album by himself. One more fun topic of convo in the interview (listen in full below, spotted at Vibe): Paris Hilton signing to Cash Money. Cole's reaction was priceless: "It's awesome... It's just gonna make for great jokes and great entertainment." Ha!
UPDATE: Peter Rosenberg drops another piece of insight, saying that J. Cole disappointed Nas and wrote a song about it for the album. This... is also intriguing.
Once again, Born Sinner drops June 18th, and ICYMI the other night, watch J. Cole's impressive performance of "Power Trip" with The Roots LIVE on Fallon.
UPDATE 2: A new interview with Fuse below talking about how J. Cole linked up with TLC.