Categories
Entertainment

CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

Categories
Music

New Music Feature: Polly A – “Just Like That”

LA based singer/songwriter Polly A unleashes her new single, “Just Like That”. The carefree song perfectly embodies the mood of summer with it’s vibrant mid-tempo production. Polly officially debuted the positivity anthem from her forthcoming sophomore EP entitled Like Colors In A Waterfall.

An accomplished songwriter in her own right, Polly has written tracks for the likes of Alicia Keys, Selena Gomez and J. Cole (“Crooked Smile”), which helped her garner the attention of Adam Levine who signed her to his label, 222 Records in 2015. The songstress also released her debut EP, Ghetto Gold Dream in the summer of 2016.

The Milwaukee, WI born artist was one of only three female artists to perform at this year’s Rolling Loud Festival as well as recently went into the studio with Grammy Award winning producer/musical genius, Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Nas, Miguel, Jazmine Sullivan). Polly A will release her sophomore EP later this summer which will feature her compelling lyrics and unique mix of soul, folk and alternative music.

Categories
Music

Fly News: J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Goes Platinum

J. Cole‘s latest effort 4 Your Eyez Only has gone platinum.

His fourth album to earn this status, and his second without features Cole’s dedication to creating on his own terms is paying off.

Released back in December 2016, 4 Your Eyez Only sold 492,000 units in its first week making it his largest debut yet. In January the project reached gold status.

The release was led by a 40-minute documentary, Eyez. On April 15th Cole’s HBO documentary J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only is set to debut.

You can catch Cole on his 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour which kicks off June 1st in Columbia, SC.

 

 

Categories
Entertainment FLY NEWS Music

Fly News: J. Cole Gifts Fans Live Version Of ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’ On His Birthday [Stream]

fhd-live

Today is J. Cole‘s 31st birthday. While most of us would be preoccupied with receiving gifts and being adorned with attention Cole opted to gift his fans instead, with a live version of his latest effort 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

Cole announced the project on Twitter. It features 13 tracks and was recorded during the rapper’s show in his hometown of Fayetteville, N.C at the Crown Coliseum. This stop of Cole’s tour was also featured in his HBO documentary Film Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming. 

Cole described the project as “history turned into an album.” You can purchase J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive: Live From Fayetteville, NC over at iTunes. Check out Cole’s tweet and stream the album below.

Forest Hills Drive: Live From Fayetteville, NC

1. Intro
2. January 28th
3. Wet Dreamz
4. 03’ Adolescence
5. A Tale of Two Citiez
6. Fire Squad
7. St. Tropez
8. Intermission* (Includes “Lights Please,” “In The Morning,” and “Nobody’s Perfect”)
9. G.O.M.D.
10. No Role Modelz
11. Hello
12. Apparently
13. Love Yourz

Categories
Entertainment

Watch: J. Cole’s Road To Homecoming Releases Fourth Episode “Buses, Vans, and Trains” [VIDEO]

j-cole

Ahead of the premiere of his HBO Special, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, Cole once again offered fans a behind the scenes look into his career with the release of the fourth episode of the Road To Homecoming Documentary Series.

In this weeks episode titled “Buses, Vans, and Trains”, viewers get the see the preparation that went into the creation of the emcees Forest Hills Drive Tour as well as commentary from fans, his team, and even his former landlord. Fans are given glimpses into the challenges Cole and his team faced that ranged from inclement weather delays, to sound ordinances, and time constraints.

Touring isn’t all work and no fun though. We continue to see the camaraderie that forms between everyone working on the tour, which isn’t just limited to the tour itself. Along for the ride, is producer Cam O’Bi who Cole brought on strictly for the purposes of making music. O’Bi briefly elaborated on his role explaining,

“I just jumped on tour a few days ago. I’m actually not joining it to perform. I’m not a member of the band or anything. I’m actually here to make music. Like that’s what Cole’s team wanted me here to do and he has a lot of other people here doing the same thing.”

Always keeping people around you solely focused on creating music appears to be contributing to Cole’s success. We see the talented rapper write a verse in 30 minutes and lay it down five minutes before having to hit the stage.

For his return to New York City we get to see Cole sell out the legendary venue Madison Square Garden. Once on stage, he shares with the enthusiastic crowd that he “remembers specifically” stating during his last tour in the city’s Best Buy Theater, that his return to the Big Apple would be at MSG; a monumental moment for the small town kid from North Carolina with big city dreams.

You can check out the fourth installment of J. Cole’s five-part documentary series Road to Homecoming below. If you missed the last three episodes we got you covered as well.

Road To Homecoming Episode 4 “Buses, Vans, and Trains”

Road To Homecoming Episode 3: “This Is What You Wanted”

Road To Homecoming Episode 2: “Ain’t Nothin’ Like That”

Road To Homecoming Episode 1: “F**k Money, Spread Love”

By: Arlene Danna

Categories
Entertainment

Watch: J. Cole’s “This Is What You Wanted” Episode 3 of Road To Homecoming

j-cole-road-to-homecoming

The third episode of J. Cole’s Road To Homecoming mini-documentary series debuted recently. Fans can head over to HBO or Vimeo to check out this week’s installment titled “This Is What You Wanted.”

In this episode, we find J. Cole continuing his Dollar & a Dream tour. A tradition that began three years ago, Cole only charges fans a dollar per ticket; attracting thousands to wait in line for entry. Cole and his team take us behind the scenes revealing the stresses of booking a venue, along with the pressures of having fans stick it out in the face of hostile cops and terrible weather conditions; all for a coveted spot.

Wale and Kendrick Lamar join Cole on stage and we see A$AP Ferg and Rihanna make appearances as well. Rih had this to share about the Fayetteville rappers performance before offering Cole some tips on hair maintenance,

“Very deep but real, honest, vulnerable, confident — it was all of that.”

You can watch how episode 3 unfolds below. If you missed episode 1 and 2 of Cole’s ‘Road To Homecoming’ series you can also check them out below. J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming special airs Saturday, Jan. 9, on HBO.

Episode 3: “This Is What You Wanted”

Episode 2: “Ain’t Nothin’ Like That”

Episode 1: “F*ck Money, Spread Love”

By: Arlene Danna

Categories
Entertainment

J. Cole’s Forest Hill Drive: Homecoming & Road to Homecoming Mini Documentary Series

j-cole-homecoming

A few weeks ago, the world learned that artist J. Cole had teamed up with HBO for the release of Forest Hill Drive: Homecoming. The mini documentary captured the Fayetteville stop of his Forest Hills Drive tour.

j-cole-hbo

Today, J. Cole surprised fans by announcing via his Instagram that Forest Hill Drive: Homecoming was only the final piece of a five-part mini documentary series titled Road to Homecoming. Cole teases that the documentary takes you through the last year of his life; giving you insight into the album rollout process, the acts featured on the Forest Hill Drive tour, his Dollar and a Dream tour, as well as the inner workings of his career, and the people who help bring his vision into fruition.

An installment will be released each week until the premiere of Forest Hill Drive: Homecoming on HBO. Each installment will be made available on HBO Now and Vimeo until January 9th. You can check out the trailer for Homecoming, release dates, along with the first episode of Road to Homecoming below.

Forest Hill Drive: Homecoming Trailer

j-cole-hbo

Episode 1: F*ck Money, Spread Love – Dec. 16th
Episode 2: Ain’t Nothin’ Like That – Dec. 23rd
Episode 3: This Is What You Wanted – Dec. 30th
Episode 4: Buses, Vans, and Trains – Jan. 6th
Episdoe 5: Homecoming – Jan. 9th

Forest Hill Drive: Road to Homecoming – Ep 1 “F*ck Money, Spread Love”

By: Arlene Danna 

Categories
Entertainment Music

SFPL Music: Jeremih – “Pass Dat”

jeremih-pepsi-iheartradio

While we await the release date of Jeremih‘s new project Late Nights: The Album, the talented artist premieres a new tune entitled “Pass That.”

The featured track entices you to bounce to the beat as you enjoy the pleasantries of that green, dedicated to all of the bud enthusiasts.

Take a listen below:

‘Late Nights: The Album’ Track List
1. Planes (Feat. J Cole)
2. Pass Dat
3. Impatient (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
4. oui (You & I)
5. Drank
6. Giv No Fuks (Feat. Migos)
7. Feel Like Phil
8. Royalty (Feat. Big Sean & Future)
9. I Did (Feat. Feather)
10. Actin Up
11. Remember Me
12. Dont Tell ‘Em (Feat. YG)
13. Woosah (Feat. Twista & Juicy J)
14. Worthy (Feat. Jhené AIko)
15. Paradise

Photo Provided by Pepsi/iHeart Radio

Categories
Entertainment Music

SFPL Music: Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Delivers A Special Music Treat For “Black Friday”

kendrick-cole-black-friday

Tweeting from their Twitter accounts, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar announced each other newest music-offering-collaboration in honor of “Black Friday.”

The two emcees exchanges tracks as Kendrick raps over Cole’s “A Tale of 2 Citiez” [2014 Forest Hills Drive], while Cole goes in over Lamar’s “Alright” [To Pimp a Butterfly]. How amazing is that right?!

At the end of J. Cole’s freestyle, the talented artist hints that there’s possibly a new project coming in February.

Check out both verses below:

Kendrick

J. Cole

Categories
Entertainment Last Night in NYC

Last Night In NYC: ‘I Am JoJo Tour’ with JoJo & Aaron Camper at Webster Hall [Photo & Video]

jojo-i-am-jojo-tour

Last Night In NYC…Singer/Songwriter JoJo blessed the Webster Hall stage in The Marlin Room sector with opening act Aaron Camper for the I Am JoJo Tour.

aaron-camper

Opening up the night, singer-songwriter-background vocalist (Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown), Aaron Camper hit the stage to get the crowd warmed up.

147A0003

The talented artist performed a few of his current singles (“Hypnotizing” & “My Heart”), while covering some classic hits like; Ryan Leslie‘s “Quicksand”, Boyz II Men‘s “Water Runs Dry” remixing it with Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — to current tunes like: Wale feat. Usher’s “Matrimony”, Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth‘s “See You Again” and so much more.

aaron-camper

Aaron is just completely a natural talent!

jojo-i-am-jojo-tour

Next up, none other than the gifted JoJo! With excitement in the air and screams from wall-to-wall within a packed out venue, Jo took center-stage and immediately took us back in time to her first self-titled 2004 album (“Baby It’s You”, “Leave (Get Out)”) — along with her second project, The High Road (“Good Ol”, “Like That”).

147A0085

It was an amazing feeling as the crowd tackled every lyric as if both albums just dropped a day before the actual concert. Later, JoJo transitioned into a few songs from all three of her EPs/Mixtapes, adding up over the years during her tight label situation at Blackground Records, and lastly, gravitating to her current Tringle — a dose of 3-songs all at once. But not stopping there, the songstress even went to deliver her past Drake cover of “Marvin’s Room (Can’t Do Better)” and Jeremih‘s current platinum hit “Planes” featuring J. Cole.

147A0089

JoJo also got personal with her fans, giving a description of what she’s been through over the years:

“I was depressed…So depressed. You all got me through it.”

She also mentioned how she’s grown into the woman that she is today. It’s clear that JoJo is back and ready to take the music throne.

The night turned out to be quite incredible as JoJo definitely left her mark right in New York City, once again.

Congrats to JoJo and Aaron Camper on a job well done!

For more of the “I Am Jojo” tour dates check HERE.

Photos & Videos by Gabriel Williams (of SFPL):

Aaron Camper Performance

This embed is invalid

JOJO PERFORMANCE COMPILATION #1

This embed is invalid

JOJO – “MARVIN’S ROOM” (DRAKE COVER)

This embed is invalid

JOJO ‘TRINGLE’ COMPILATION #2

This embed is invalid

This slideshow requires JavaScript.