J.Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story – Review
There is obviously a certain pressure when the entire Hip-Hop world is expecting nothing but greatness from your debut album, however prior to the release of J Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story” the Jay-Z protégée continues to display that confidence we have grown to love. September 27th will mark a highly significant date in the Hip-Hop calendar, as Cole World: The Sideline Story will finally be released worldwide into the eardrums of millions of eager fans and critiques alike. As almost expected, the album has leaked onto the Internet following a listening party in London, however the general consensus is fans have already pre-ordered Cole World, and refuse to download the leak. This alone signifies the special circumstances surrounding this man and his music. J Cole was quoted today saying
Released through his own Internal Affairs Entertainment Imprint, Torae has announced he’ll be releasing his debut album “For The Record” on 1st November 2011. Hip-Hop Kings has the official artwork and track listing, which features some major Hip-Hop figureheads including Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, DJ Premier, Nottz and Marco Polo on the production. In the way of guest appearances Torae has teamed up with Wes, Pav Bundy and Mela Machinko on the fifteen track LP. Fellow New York native Masta Ace has gone on file suggesting “The combination of stellar production and a focused and more introspective Torae makes this his best work to date.”. You can view the official artwork and track listing for Torae – For The Record here.
1. Intro (produced by Torae)
2. Alive f/Wes (produced by Khrysis)
3. You Ready? (produed by Marco Polo)
4. What It Sound Like f/Pav Bundy (produced by !llmind)
5. Shakedown (produced by 9th Wonder)
6. That Raw (produced by Pete Rock)
7. Do The Math (produced by Large Professor)
8. Changes (produced by Diamond D)
9. Over You f/ Wes (produced by E. Jones)
10. Imagine (produced by Eric G)
11. Only Way (interlude) (produced by 9th Wonder)
12. For The Record (produced by DJ Premier)
13. Thank You (produced by Nottz)
14. Reflection (produced by Eric G)
15. Panorama f/ MeLa Machinko (produced by Fatin)
Category: Upcoming Releases
Here’s the latest video from J.Cole and his promo team as we lead up to one of the most anticipated Hip-Hop albums this decade (Coles World). J.Cole has already leaked a number of tracks that suggestively will not be featured on Coles World, and with only 22 days to the release of Coles World (yes we’re counting) the new video should keep fans happy ahead of the release. Please feel free to browse the Hip-Hop Kings archives for the previous J.Cole tracks, however you can watch Cole World – The Sideline Story Commercial on the video player below.
Thanks to Apathy and MAC Media, I have permission to stream a five-minute snippet of the full length Apathy album “Honkey Kong”. The album drops on the 23rd August 2011, and promotion has been strong with a range of videos and leaks prior to the release. Look out for an exclusive Apathy interview with Hip-Hop Kings coming in the forthcoming weeks, however you can listen to Apathy – Honkey Kong Snippet on the audio player below.
The long awaited debut album from Skriblah titled “The Little White Dot” will be available in the immediate future, and to kick off promotion for the release is the brand new video from “Belly of the East”. The video has been produced by none other than Global Faction, and I’ve heard that “The Little White Dot” will feature the likes of Klashnekoff, Ghetto, Devlin and Roll Deep amongst others. Look out for an exclusive Hip-Hop Kings interview with Skriblah in the forthcoming weeks, however you can watch Skriblah – Belly of the East on the video player below.
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Hip-Hop Kings has the official artwork and track listing for Black Rob‘s forthcoming album “Game Tested, Streets Approved” which will be available to download on July 26th 2011. Black Rob will be releasing the album via Duck Down Music, and fans can pre-order Game Tested, Streets Approved from iTunes which contains three exclusive bonus tracks (link above). You can view the official artwork and track listing for Black Rob – Game Tested Streets Approved here.
1) Welcome Back
2) Boiling Water
4) Can’t Make It In NY
5) Showin Up
7) Wanna Get Dough
8) Get Involved
9) Sand to the Beach
10) Made Me a Man
11) F*ck Em
12) This Is What It Is
13) Up North – This Is What It Is
14) No Fear featuring Sean Price
15) Sh*t (iTunes Bonus)
16) Stand Off (iTunes Bonus)
17) Nothin (iTunes Bonus)
Category: Upcoming Releases
Underground Hip-Hop fans will be very familiar with the name Apathy. The Army of the Pharoahs front man has released his track “Check to Check” from the forthcoming album “Honkey Kong” which will be available to fans on 23rd August 2011. Production on the album comes from the likes of DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Evidence (who produced Check to Check) and Statik Selektah amongst others. Apathy has also confirmed the likes of Xzibit, Vinnie Paz, Ill Bill and Celph Titled will feature as guest appearances to an album which is anticipated as one of the best of 2011. You can listen to Apathy – Check to Check on the audio player below.
June 14th marks the release of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9‘s way overdue project “Bad Meets Evil” and to support the release we have a brand new video for the single “Fast Lane”. Video mixed with animation is the theme for the video, which is a great visual to support the quality of the project. An official Hip-Hop Kings review will also be live tonight ahead of the “Bad Meets Evil” project – with various critiques and fans who have heard previews labelling it a classic. You can watch Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 – Fast Lane on the video player below.
Earlier in the month I posted a leak from Atmosphere’s forthcoming album “The Family Sign” called “Just For Show”. Now Atmosphere have released the video for the single, which features a seemingly talented dog being unappreciated by his family. The Atmosphere video is credited with over 325,000 youtube views, and will raise the excitement of the forthcoming “The Family Sign” album which will be available from June 20th 2011 in the U.K. Also check the related links for a brilliant Atmosphere track with Aesop Rock called “Which Way Is Up” which will probably not be featured on “The Family Sign”. You can watch the new video from Atmosphere – Just For Show on the video player below.
As the Hip-Hop world prepares for Tech N9ne‘s TWELTH studio album “6’s and 7’s”, and embarks on a 82 day tour starting in the next few days, we have the first official single from the album titled “He’s a Mental Giant”. Tech N9ne has previously released “I Love Music” ft Kendrick Lamar and Worldwide Choppers which has been the talk of Hip-Hop fans across the globe. Look out for more music and news ahead of Tech N9ne‘s “6’s and 7’s” album in the near future, however in the meantime you can listen to Tech N9ne – He’s a Mental Giant on the audio player below.