Jahlil Beats f/ Ab-Liva x Ahken - "Cruising On Red Leather" | New Music

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Jahlil Beat's second instrumental record of the year is right around the corner but before Genius actually drops, Jahlil treats us to some new audio dope in the form of "Cruising On Red Leather".

With help from Re-Up Gangs Ab-Liva and Ahken, the Roc Nation/Dreamchaser representer supplies an upbeat landscape to accompany the summer weather and confirm his title as one of the most promising producers in Hip-Hop.

Genius drops September 10th and we've placed "Cruising On Red Leather" right below for your audio pleasure.


JAY Z discusses Roc Nation, Obama, J. Cole's growth, timing releases and business [Video]

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After giving us two gripping parts of the in-depth interview conducted at the prestigious Abbey Road studios in London, today we get the third part of JAY Z and Zane Lowe's sit down.
In this segment they discuss the formation of Roc Nation, the difference in their approach to developing their artists and talent, J. Cole's growth as an artist and brand, the Roc's expansion into sports and more. Watch the full interview below...

Watch: JAY Z discusses Roc Nation, J. Cole's growth, timing releases and business
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Watch PART 1 x PART 2


Wale x J. Cole - "Winter Schemes" (Prod. Jake One) | New Music

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Two of the best currently doing this, Maybach Music Group's DC representative Wale and Roc Nation's North Carolina hailing golden child J. Cole join forces over Jake One's epic production to bring us "Winter Schemes". No gimmicks, no fancy chorus, just straight reload worthy verses from the emcees who both released new albums over the last couple of weeks that impacted the charts in a solid manner. Press play and download it below.

#NewLegends! Now can someone get Kendrick Lamar this beat so he can complete the cypher.

J. Cole's Born Sinner and Wale's The Gifted albums are out now.


Snapshot: Rita Ora covers GQ magazine UK's 2013 music special issue

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She might not have any new solo material out at the moment but that doesn't stop chart-topping songstress Rita Ora from covering GQ magazine's August issue as she strips off for the risque shoot wearing nothing more than make-up and diamonds.

The London-hailing singer talks about her bevvy of celebrity friends who now not only include her Roc Nation boss Jay-Z, but also model Cara Delevingne and producer Calvin Harris who is reportedly working on the singer's upcoming new album. The new LP serves as her sophomore project in the UK but will be her debut in the US.

The new issue of GQ hits stands on the fourth of July.


J. Cole - Born Sinner | Album Review

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Unfazed by the sales showdown between himself and Kanye West - “I'mma drop the album the same day as Kanye/ Just to show the boy’s the man now like Wanyá” - J. Cole hits listeners off with new album Born Sinner. With much hype surrounding Cole’s major label sophomore release, the bar appears to have been set very high with this brave, bold, and at times controversially beautiful journey of self-exploration mirroring that of a musical confessional.Read more


J. Cole f/ Kendrick Lamar - "Forbidden Fruit" | New Music

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This one is one of my favourite tracks on J. Cole's new album, and kind of plays on the Adam and Eve story from the Bible's book of Genesis. Jermaine wasn't lying when he said there were no rap verses on the LP, as Kendrick Lamar doesn't lay down a 16 bar but the track cleverly weaves between Cole's vocals and Kendrick's before letting Lamar take on the chorus duties. Read more


DJ Mustard f/ YG x Joe Moses - “Burn Rubber” | New Music

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DJ Mustard, the producer responsible for creating such killer beats and club anthems as Tyga's "Rack City" and 2 Chainz's "I'm Different", has just unveiled his new track "Burn Rubber".

The recent Roc Nation signee enlisted YG and Joe Moses to accompany him on the bassy number, the first track from the West Coast hailing beat maker's forthcoming project Ketchup (get it?) (due on June 3), which will have no problem finding itself onto fellow DJs Serato playlists.

Take a listen to the new track after the jump.


K Koke f/ Bridget Kelly - "My Time" | Music Video

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Bridget Kelly does a pretty great job handling the Emeli Sande-penned chorus for "My Time" - the new single from fellow Roc Nation signee, K Koke. Read more


J. Cole's Born Sinner Ep. 3 "Ibrahim 'IB' Hamad" [Video]

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If you’re going to build a brand, you’re going to need a team.

From the word of mouth groundwork in Queens to million-dollar phone calls with Jay-Z, this latest installment of Born Sinner stresses the importance of a right hand man. Jay had Dame, Big had Puff and while Ibrahim ‘IB’ Hamad might be a lesser known name to the industry and fans alike, his input and systematic approach is seen and heard in every aspect of J. Cole's music.

Like the earlier two pieces, this retrospective visual keeps the Born Sinner hype machine in full effect in a traditionally striking aesthetic. If the promo trail is anything to go by, Jermaine will certainly be stepping to the next level on June 18th when his second studio album Born Sinner is finally let out into the wild.

http://youtu.be/Kxss0ybWS8M

'There's a great idea in anything you start'


Reflex f/ Childish Gambino - "Body So Tight" | New Music

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Roc Nation signed producer and DJ Reflex is gearing up to release his debut EP later in the year and today brings us the club ready first cut the project titled "Body So Tight".Read more


Snapshot: J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' album cover revealed

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With rumours that the album will be released a week earlier than previously announced, the album cover for J. Cole's eagerly anticipated sophomore album Born Sinner has hit the net.Read more


Snapshot: Jay-Z hits the studio with Drake and Raekwon

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"Warning: Please be very afraid of the music we’re working on. OVO x ROCNATION" reads the caption that accompanied the image of Jay-Z and Drake above that Def Jam's Lenny Santiago, posted on Instagram earlier.

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The picture follows on from a snap the Head of A&R uploaded of Jay-Z posing with Wu-Tang general Raekwon, understandably causing people to question when and where the new music will be surfacing.

With the release of the much talked about "Open Letter" and "100$ Bill" from The Great Gatsby soundtrack, the anticipation for the Roc Nation founder's new solo album, the new images only add further fuel to the fire. Stay locked for updates


K. Koke f/ Bridget Kelly - "My Time" | Lyric Video

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Following his collaboration with Rita Ora on "Lay Down Your Weapons", K. Koke keeps the Roc Nation collaborations moving and enlists label mate and beautiful songstress Bridget Kelly for "My Time" the latest single from his forthcoming debut album I Ain't Perfect.

The London-hailing rapper uses the track to explain his come up in the game and struggles as a youngster, while Bridget's soulful voice sings the hopeful chorus about waiting for your time to come. The video was shot a few weeks ago in London but till that is released, check out the lyric video below...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiVXbFzeqJ0


DJ Mustard signs with Roc Nation | News

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Establishing and growing their empire further, Roc Nation have snapped up their newest signee DJ Mustard to join their production team, as the West Coast beatsmith joins the label responsible for Rihanna, Rita Ora and J.Cole.

If you're unfamiliar with the name DJ Mustard, you probably won't be unfamiliar with the hits he's produced as he's resposible for Young Jeezy's "R.I.P.," Tyga's "Rack City" and 2 Chainz's "I'm Different" to name but a few.

Speaking on the signing, the Los Angeles-hailing producer says, “I’m excited to take my career to the next level with Roc Nation, and Jay Brown! Looking forward to working with Roc Nation artists.”


J. Cole f/ Miguel - "Power Trip" | BTS Video

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Having already unveil the full video to the public, J. Cole gives the fans a look at what went on the behind the scenes of filming his "Power Trip" video with Miguel. Read more


Rita Ora covers Elle magazine's 'Women in Music' issue

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Elle magazine's new issue is celebrating 'Women in Music,' and without much further ado, the pics have been released of their musical cover girl Rita Ora as she shoots two covers showing her playful side in Mickey Mouse ears and her high-fashion best with an oversized pink corsage and a netted veil for the striking covers. Read more