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J. Cole Calls SoundCloud Rappers ‘Exaggerated Versions Of Black Stereotypes’

J. Cole didn’t pull any punches on “1985 (Intro To ‘The Fall Off’)”. The KOD closer finds the Fayetteville rapper taking shots at anonymous rappers who glorify stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans. Many people think Cole’s subliminals are for Lil Pump or Smokepurpp. However, in a new Vulture profile, Cole reveals his critique is meant for a variety of people.

“It’s really a ‘shoe fits’ situation — several people can wear that shoe,” Cole said. “Why you yelling at your show? You must feel attacked in some kind of way, must feel offended, and if you feel offended, then that means something rings true, something struck a chord. That’s cool with me. That’s all I ever want to do.”

Cole made a more pointed statement later in the interview about the caricatures many SoundCloud rappers paint of the black community.

“If you exclude the top three rappers in the game, the most popping rappers all are exaggerated versions of black stereotypes,” the Kids on Drugs rapper continued. “Extremely tatted up. Colorful hair. Flamboyant. Brand names. It’s caricatures, and still the dominant representation of black people, on the most popular entertainment format for black people, period.”

On “1985,” Cole describes why he believes a white audience wants to see negative portrayals of black and brown artists.

But have you ever thought about your impact?
These white kids love that you don’t give a fuck
‘Cause that’s exactly what’s expected when your skin black
They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill
They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels
And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real
They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels

Recently, Cole has released two videos from KOD — “A.T.M.” and “Kevin’s Heart.” Both songs see the Dreamville rapper taking a close look at the addictive qualities of money, sex, and drugs. It’s safe to say Cole has a message to tell and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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Morning Bop: I Could Honestly Listen To The Veronicas “4ever”

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Morning Bop: Hit The Road In The “Backseat” With Bali Baby

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Tuesday’s #MorningBop is “Backseat” by Bali Baby because it’ll rev you all the way up.

While you crank that up, here are three trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Watch this behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” video

    Can Dave Meyers direct my life too?

  2. Tyler, the Creator is dropping more GOLF le FLEUR* kicks

    The “Mono” collection will be available at Converse on April 26.

  3. Janelle Monáe is going on an official U.S. headlining tour

    Tickets for the Dirty Computer Tour go on sale starting May 4!

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Morning Bop: Kehlani Is “The Way” To A Good Day

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Monday’s #MorningBop is “The Way” by Kehlani featuring Chance The Rapper because she is the voice of reason that we need right now.

While you crank that up, here are six trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Rico Nasty casually drops a video for “Hit That”

    Rihanna needs to hire her as a brand ambassador for Fenty pronto.

  2. Le1f casually surprise dropped an EP

    Blue Dream is giving me LIFE.

  3. Rihanna announces her lingerie line Savage x Fenty

    Blaming my brokeness on Robyn.

  4. Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn are releasing a joint EP

    Apart arrives on June 1 via Capitol Music Group.

  5. Xiu Xiu and Mitski collaborate on “Between The Breaths”

    The song is featured on the soundtrack for the film How To Talk To Girls At Parties.

  6. Leon Bridges shares new song “Beyond”

    Good Thingis out on May 4 via Columbia Records.

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Fans Are Convinced J. Cole Is Taking Shots At Lil Pump On ‘1985’

J. Cole is 33. Lil Pump is 17. In hip-hop, that age difference might as well be a chasm as big as the Grand Canyon. Today (April 20), J. Cole dropped his fifth studio album, KOD. The project finds Cole taking a satirical look at modern hip-hop and the drugs, money, and materialism he feels fuels it. “1985 – Intro To ‘The Fall Off’” is one of the more pointed and antagonistic tracks, which finds the Fayetteville MC targeting an unnamed rapper who fans have determined is Lil Pump or maybe Smokepurpp.

During the track, J. Cole takes various pointed jabs. The beginning of his verse starts with the observation, “I’m fuckin’ with your funky lil’ rap name / I hear your music and I know that rap’s changed / A bunch of folks would say that that’s a bad thing / ‘Cause everything’s commercial and it’s pop now.”

Pump and Purpp have made it their mission to mess with J. Cole in a variety of ways. In April 2017, a song titled “Fuck J. Cole,” reportedly by Lil Pump made its way to the internet. Earlier this week, Smokepurpp joked that he had a standout feature on Cole’s album. In a January interview with Montreality, Smokepurpp referenced his trolling of the North Carolina rapper.

“Nowadays everything is kind of a troll,” Purpp said. “So people do know that [J. Cole tweets] its trolling, but if you don’t like we don’t care. Pump doesn’t care.”

Cole’s indictment of rap’s new generation speaks to some of Purpp’s assessment of the “OG-versus-new rapper” debate. Toward the middle of his verse the bars get more acidic as he raps, “They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill / They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels / And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real / They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels.”

“1985″ isn’t the first time Cole has been critical of the rap landscape. On “Everybody Dies” many thought he took aim at Kanye, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Yachty. With lines like, “Bunch of words and ain’t sayin’ shit, I hate these rappers / Especially the amateur eight week rappers / Lil’ whatever – just another short bus rapper,” it isn’t hard to see why.

The recipient of Cole’s message may not be confirmed by the rapper. However, the message for the hip-hop community is coming through loud and clear.

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This Rapper Turned The Boy Meets World Theme Song Into A Banger

Who knew the universe needed a rap version of the Boy Meets World theme song? Apparently, Ski Mask The Slump God was aware of this glaring omission from reality and set to make everything right. Yesterday (April 19), the Broward County rapper released “SKIMeetsWorld.” The JamzTurnMeUp-produced beat samples the season one theme song by Ray Colcord. However, this sample is not to be confused with the season five through seven theme written by Phil Rosenthal.

“SKIMeetsWorld” might borrow heavily from the family-friendly ABC show, but the song’s content is enough to make Mr. Feeny squirm. Ski raps about his above-average sexual prowess using beloved children’s cartoons like Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, and Toucan Sam. Approach the track cautiously if you’re afraid of getting your childhood ruined.

The original version of “SKIMeetsWorld” was supposed to feature Busta Rhymes. Ski Mask alluded to that fact in a recent interview with XXL.

“I got verse from Busta Rhymes for my song ‘Boy Meets World,’ Slump God said. “Super excited about it. The song is gonna be crazy and he killed his verse, so I can’t wait for y’all to hear it. Also, he’s hoping on other beats I have left over from Timbaland and then we gonna add him on those tracks, so it should be crazy. He’s going to be in the video for “Nationwide” as well because the video for that song is inspired by Busta Rhymes’ crazy videos from back in the days.”

Ski Mask’s next mixtape, Beware of the Book of Eli, is rumored to drop in April. Praying Topanga gets a feature.

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Morning Bop: Get “Familiar” With Liam Payne & J Balvin

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Morning Bop: OSHUN Makes The Music World A Much Better Place

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Thursday’s #MorningBop is “My World” by OSHUN featuring Jorja Smith because Taurus season is on the horizon and this is the jam you should blast during the transition.

While you crank that up, here are eight trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Tyler, The Creator shares “ROSE TINTED CHEEKS”

    I wish that all of my rough drafts sounded this good.

  2. Watch Let’s Eat Grandma’s music video for “It’s Not Just Me”

    The SOPHIE-produced track is straight off the duo’s forthcoming debut album I’m All Ears due out on June 29 via Transgressive.

  3. Watch the Kevin Abstract-directed visual for Slow Hollows’ “Lessons For Later”

    Welcome back, Austin W. Anderson.

  4. D∆WN offers a dark and sexy cover of Janelle Monáe’s “PYNK”

    Janelle approves and that’s honestly all that matters.

  5. Stop what you’re doing and stream The Trp’s soak EP

    It’s dripping with feel-good vibes.

  6. Dijon casually drops a pretty new single called “SKIN”

    I think I just found the song that I’m going to set for my night time skincare routine.

  7. CupcakKe drops a video for “Spoiled Milk Titties”

  8. VanJess releases their IAMNOBODI-produced single “Addicted”

    Say no more ladies, I’m hooked!

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Morning Bop: Be The “Mr. Brightside” You Want To See In The World

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J. Cole’s New Album Title Has Three Distinct Meanings

J. Cole is releasing a new album this week. Yesterday (April 16), at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan, Cole played his latest project for fans lucky enough to attend the free show. Shortly after, the Fayetteville rapper posted on Twitter that the album would be titled KOD and is dropping on Friday (April 20).

According to Rap Radar’s Brian “B.Dot” Miller who was in attendance, KOD has three meanings: Kidz On Drugz, King Overdose, and Kill Our Demonz. Miller also shared that the album was recorded in two weeks and features about 12 songs.

KOD is Cole’s fifth studio album. His last full-length release was 2016′s 4 Your Eyez Only. Since then he’s been relatively quiet, featuring on a select few songs like Cozz’s “Zendaya,” Jeezy’s “American Dream,” and Miguel’s “Come Through and Chill.”

Yesterday (April 16), was an exciting day for hip-hop news. Drake announced he’s releasing a new album in June, Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical and jazz artist to win a Pulitzer, and now Cole is throwing his hat into the ring. It will be interesting to see what artist ends up running the summer.

If Dreamville fans have it their way, the hot months might turn into a Cole world.

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