In a day of an age of disposable music matched with the impatience of a wide majority of Hip Hop listeners, nothing seems to be sacred. Not even yet-to-be-released gems such as “Killers”, a previously unheard track from J. Cole, seemingly leaked without his knowledge nor consent [“Damn. Somebody leaky. Not a reference track. Just a classic from the vaults. Much Love. Alex Haldi sorry bro. We still Dreamville” – J. Cole].

It turns out that “Killers” is the first single taken from graphic artist Alex Haldi‘s forthcoming promotional mixtape [featuring a selection of artists across genres] to support his upcoming art exhibit exploring the human fascination with organized crime, titled The Glorification of Gangster, opening in New York on May 12th – with 10% of prints sold going to charity Campkayak.

As a result we’ll provide no download link for today’s link, but take a listen to the track below – along with more information on Haldi’s Glorification Of Gangster art project and accompanying mixtape.

J.Cole – “Killers”

Celebrated creative mind Alex Haldi has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Big Boi, Wu-Tang, Ludacris, J. Cole & LL Cool J, and is putting the finishing touches on his own solo art event May 12, 2011 in NYC at World Monuments Fund Gallery. Exploring the human fascination with organized crime, ‘The Glorification of Gangster’ showcases some of the key players and criminal lifestyles across the globe and many generations. The art at the show will consist of three elements: Fine art (including mixed media paintings on wood), Oversized Typography Murals, and Retro Pop-Art Illustrations. Portions of work sold will be going to charity, Campkayak.

A promotional mixtape is to be released in the next month which will include a series of original music, mash-up remixes, and classic covers by a number of different acts that are all linked thematically with ‘Crime’. The talent will vary across different musical genres (hip-hop, rap, rock, electronic, etc.), and includes music from artists like J. Cole, Kris Kasanova, Voli, Andrew Maury (Ra Ra Riot producer and RAC), Jon Connor, Elite, Ritz, Lyn Charles, Loyal Divide, Neitherfriends, and many more. The download will be free, with a link to donate money to our charity.

Attached is our first single – Killers by J. Cole

More details and music to come, keep it gangster. – Bestest Asbestos

AlexHaldi x TheGlorificationOfGangster