Dreamville's Lute Drops New Single And Video, "GED (Gettin Every Dolla)"
The track is accompanied by a triumphant Neal Farmer-directed visual
Charlotte-born rapper and J. Cole's Dreamville signee Lute just released his newest single, "GED (Getting Every Dolla)." The track is accompanied with a Neal-Farmer directed music video, which sees Lute celebrating triumph as his flashy alter-ego Gold Mouf, throughout several time periods of American history.
As fans have spent the last few weeks trying to decipher the meaning behind a series of "GED" promotional teaser commercials rolled out by Dreamville, the release marks the long-awaited return for the GRAMMY-nominated rapper as his first release since his 2017 album, West 1996 pt. 2.
Lute was featured on the critically acclaimed Dreamville compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III, which saw GRAMMY nominations for Best Rap Album of the year, in addition to tracks "Down Bad" and "Middle Child" earning bids for Best Rap Performance, respectively.
Between tracks like "Still Slummin'," "Morning Shift" and the J. Cole- and DaBaby-accompanied "Under The Sun," Lute has garnered respect for his sharp flows, vulnerable lyricism and easy delivery, none of which fall short on "GED." He closes his verse on the song by stating simple advice that he has clearly fared him well in developing into the artist and rapper that he is now: "Don’t be mad bruh, just be yourself."
You can stream and check out the music video for Lute’s latest single, "GED (Getting Every Dolla)" here.
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Dreamville Festival 2020 Is Officially Canceled Due To COVID-19
The second annual music festival from J. Cole's Dreamville Records squad and friends was first postponed from April until August, and will now have to wait until 2021
Dreamville Festival has announced they are canceling their 2020 event due to public safety concerns caused by coronavirus. The second annual edition of the one-day music fest, hosted by J. Cole and his talent-filled Dreamville Records, was originally slated to take place on April 6 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, N.C., but was rescheduled to Aug. 29 after the pandemic struck the U.S.
Like countless other events that were set to take place this year, it will now have to wait until 2021. Dreamville says all 2020 ticket holders will be receive refunds soon.
"After much deliberation and careful monitoring of the current situation, we have decided to cancel Dreamville Festival 2020. Although we originally hoped it would be possible to bring you the festival this August, the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic has made this timeline no longer possible. This decision has been extremely difficult to make, but the safety of our fans, artists, and staff is always our top priority, and nothing will ever take precedence over your well-being," the organizers wrote in a statement shared across their social channels and on the fest's website.
The message also shared details on refunds, noting that all tickets purchased online will automatically be refunded to the original payment method, beginning this week. Fans who bought physical tickets from official points of purchase can request a refund here.
"Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this. Please stay safe, healthy, and sane so we can reunite with you in 2021," the statement added.
According to Pitchfork, the debut Dreamville fest also faced unforeseen setbacks; it was originally set for Sept. 15, 2018 at Dorothea Dix Park but was pushed to April 6, 2019, due to Hurricane Florence. The 2019 event featured performances from Dreamville head Cole and labelmates J.I.D, BAS and Ari Lennox, as well as SZA, Big Sean, 21 Savage, 6LACK, Rapsody, Nelly and other heavy-hitters in hip-hop and R&B.
No artists have been revealed yet for the second edition of the fest.
The Dreamville squad earned their first two collective GRAMMY nominations at the most recent 62nd GRAMMY Awards; for Best Rap Album for the collaborative Revenge Of The Dreamers III and Best Rap Performance for one of its singles, "Down Bad." Cole earned a total of five nods, including for his work on that project, and took him his first GRAMMY win for his feature on 21 Savage's "A Lot."
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J. Cole Announces North American KOD Tour With Young Thug
On the heels of his smash-hit album, 'KOD,' the GRAMMY-nominated rapper announces an extensive 34-date North American tour
J. Cole unleashed his fifth album, KOD, on April 20 along with three explanations of the title's meaning. The album took off, rocketing to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and leading J. Cole to become the first act to debut three songs in the Billboard 100's Top 10. Now, fans looking to catch Cole live get good news as the GRAMMY-nominated rapper has announced an extensive 34-date North American tour in support of KOD kicking off in August.
The KOD Tour will enlist Young Thug as the opening act starting on Aug. 9 in Miami. The tour will hit 25 U.S. states plus two cities in Canada before wrapping Oct. 10 in Boston.
Presale tickets will become available on May 9 and tickets will go on sale to the general public May 12 via Cole's Dreamville website.
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J. Cole Announces New Dreamville Compilation Album 'Revenge Of The Dreamers III'
The latest installment of the Dreamville all-star roundup arrives this Friday with the 'REVENGE' documentary set to premiere July 2
J. Cole annouced the Dreamville's latest installment of his creative collective, Revenge Of The Dreamers III, will drop on July 5. The compilation album is the finished product from the GRAMMY nominee's January 2019 sessions at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta.
Revenge of the Dreamers dropping this Friday. https://t.co/3JxZT4RMqT— J. Cole (@JColeNC) July 1, 2019
Two of its tracks were previously released, including "Down Bad" featuring Cole, J.I.D, Bas, EARTHGANG’s Johnny “Olu O. Fann” Venus, and Young Nudy, plus "Got Me" with Ari Lennox, Omen, Ty Dolla $ign, and Dreezy (“Got Me”). Along with the album announcement, two additional songs have been shared, “Costa Rica” features Cozz, Reason, and Childish Major, and “Lambo Truck” with Bas, J.I.D., Smokepurpp, and others.
The creative process behind the album is also the subject of a documentary, Dreamville Presents: REVENGE, which will premiere July 2. The film's trailer gives a glimpse of the collaborative burst of energy Cole created with the project.
"Let's go somewhere, lock in, and invite a bunch of outside producers and artists," Cole says in the trailer, "And just make this album."
The ablum is available for pre-order here along with exclusive merchandise.
Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Pick To Win Best Rap Album At The 2020 GRAMMYs?
21 Savage, Dreamville, Meek Mill, Tyler, The Creator and YBN Cordae are up for one of the most coveted rap categories. Who do you think voters should choose?
Rap has hands down become the most popular genre heard across the country today. The last couple of years have continued that narrative and birthed some of the most anticipated rap albums (Meek Mill's Championships) and brought us the solo debuts of promising talent (YBN Cordae's The Lost Boy). The 2020 GRAMMY Best Rap Album category features the two rappers, as well as an array of other voices that make up the wide-ranging hip-hop spectrum, from provocateur Tyler, The Creator's love-infused Igor to the collective sound of the J. Cole-led Revenge Of The Dreamers III.
We are weeks away from the Biggest Night In Music and while the tough choice is left up to Recording Academy voters, we want to know who you want to see come out on top. Vote below to let us know.
'I Am > I Was'- 21 Savage
This could be the year four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage takes his first golden gramophone home. The Atlanta rapper's sophomore album I Am > I Was earned the nod perhaps for writing with what Pitchfork called "grisly clarity and humor." The album reflects on some of the challenges he's faced on his rise, as well as themes like love and loyalty, and features his whisper flow he's come to be known for.
'Revenge Of The Dreamers III'- Dreamville
North Carolina rapper J. Cole and his label, Dreamville Records, round up some of the most promising rappers and artists in Revenge Of The Dreamers III, the third compilation of a series that began in 2014. 34 artists and 27 producers join forces, from in and out of the label, to bring an album that gathers different sounds and perspectives, including Ari Lennox and Da Baby. Ultimately, "Cole has provided the ultimate platform for underground artists to succeed," Consequence of Sound wrote about the album.
'Championships'- Meek Mill
In his first album since his release from prison, Meek Mill gathers some of the biggest names in music—Drake, Jay-Z and Cardi B just to name a few—to touch on the prison industrial complex, trauma faced by poor, working-class black communities and ultimately, his rise above it all. Rolling Stone compares aspects of Mill's music to New York heavy-hitters: "The ultimate result is an inspired release that hearkens back to the Roc-a-Fella days of the mid-Aughts, full of diaristic writing, song-cry beats and ridiculous skills."
'Igor'- Tyler, The Creator
Igor is the album that finds "Tyler leaning deeper into earnest emotional expression than ever before." the Fader wrote about the California rapper's sixth album. Featuring, Kanye West, Playboi Carti and more, love is the biggest star. Just listen to "Earfquake": "Riding around, your love be shakin’ me up/ And it's making my heart break," Tyler sings in a joint effort with Carti.
'The Lost Boy'- YBN Cordae
YBN Cordae came onto the scene with the YBN crew, but his solo debut shows us a side of the DMV-raised rapper we hadn't seen yet. In 15 tracks, the introspective album takes us into Cordae's humble beginnings. Eating instant ramen because he had to, the death of his grandmother, seeing family members affected by domestic violence, reflecting on the success he's received, are among some of the stories the rising rapper pens. "Cordae's redemption tale shows a promising voice bursting into the mainstream," Pitchfork said.
Tune into the 2020 GRAMMYs on CBS Jan. 26 to find out who takes the award.