J. Cole & Dreamville Cover XXL, Talk About the Label & New Music

The Spring issue of XXL is here and to cover the magazine, they have enlisted J. Cole and the whole Dreamville roster. The outlet spoke to everyone in the crew, which includes the likes of Omen, J.I.D., EarthGang, Lute, Cozz, Ari Lennox and Bas. The cover itself was shot by the legendary Jonathan Mannion around the time the crew was in Atlanta for the Revenge of the Dreamers III sessions.

Throughout the Cole World conversation, he touched on what it feels like to have a label of his own, some things he has planned this year, being the OG of rap nowadays and why he tweeted that artists should reach out to him if they felt like talking after the passing of Mac Miller.

He also revealed he’s been working with T-Minus for a few months now and how his label stacks up with the powerhouse that is TDE.

XXL: You’ve been known to be hands on with your production. Was it an adjustment to relinquish some of that control during these sessions?

J. Cole: Me and T-Minus been locked in for months. I don’t even want to make beats no more unless I’m working with T-Minus and I just want to add some shit or help. But, for at least the next month or two, I don’t even want to make no beats. I just want to rap. For the first time I’ve been able to focus on that for the most part.

XXL: J.I.D recently said that Dreamville and Top Dawg Entertainment are in a friendly competition. Is that label’s success any motivation for you?

J. Cole: One hundred percent. They murder the game, honestly. They really set a high bar for a label’s success. We look up to what they did, what Top [Dawg] did. Hell yeah. But of course, we want our time, too. That’s what this year is about, the beginning of that. We’ve been bubbling, we damn-near been underground. We signed Bas in January 2014. That was only five years ago. That was our underground period, and we coming out of that right now…We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for [Bas’] Too High to Riot, [Cozz’s] Cozz & Effect, [Omen’s] Elephant Eyes, Ari [Lennox’s] Pho, Lute’s West1996 Pt.2, [J.I.D’s] The Never Story, EarthGang’s Rags. All of these keep laying the foundation. At a certain point it’s going to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. This [rap camp] was a major first step in being pushed to the mainstream. Now, all the clips is loaded with music. It’s not even fair.

Read every interview from the issue and cover story HERE.

Jordan Legacy 312 Low in White and Fire Red Coming Soon (@jumpman23)

Jordan Legacy 312 Low White Fire Red Tech Grey Black CD7069-101 Release Date

Coming soon is a new Jordan Legacy 312 Low which will come dressed in a Summit White, Fire Red, Tech Grey and Black color combination.

Looking closer this pair features White leather across the upper while Grey lands on the overlays. Following we have Black on the Swoosh, part of the midsole, strap, laces and heel. Red lands on the tongue branding and outsole while elephant print wraps the heel and Summit White on the midsole to finish the look.

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Jordan Brand Unveils Nike SB x Air Jordan 1 High Collaborations

Nike SB Air Jordan 1 High 2019 Release Date

Similar to when it released in 1985, the Air Jordan 1 has again collaborated with Nike SB for fresh silhouettes to continue its unintended legacy as an iconic skateboard shoe.

Playing off of its original cameo appearance on the feet of Lance Mountain in 1987, the Air Jordan 1 Highs cushioning and bold colorways help pay homage to locales in the respective histories of Jordan and skateboarding – representing Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Each shoe is designed to age and reveal a phenomenal underlay with consistent use.

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@Nike Adapt BB ‘Dark Grey’ Release Date

Nike Adapt BB Dark Grey Multi-Color AO2582-004 Release Date

We saw the first Nike Adapt BB release during All-Star Weekend and received a ton of hype due to the fact that it’s the first power lacing shoe made for basketball. Now we have a new color option coming soon which is known as ‘Dark Grey’.

Featuring a Dark Grey and Multi-Color color combination. Highlighted with Dark Grey across the upper while Multi-Color and unique patterns run across the insoles. In addition we have White across the midsole and accents of Red on the outsole.

Nike Adapt BB Dark Grey Release Date

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Detailed Look at the Air Jordan 13 ‘Cap and Gown’ (@jumpman23)

Air Jordan 13 Cap and Gown Black 414571-012 Release Date Info

Jordan Brand will continue their ‘Cap and Gown’ series for Summer 2019 and next up to release will be the Air Jordan 13.

This Air Jordan 13 will be like the Air Jordan 11 while utilizing an all Black theme. In addition it contains ’Black Cat’ Air Jordan 13 vibes from 2017 but the biggest difference is the use of patent leather on the panels instead of mesh. In addition suede is seen on the heel, across the toe and panels which is also done in Black. Completing the look is the removal of the traditional hologram on the ankle.

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Teyana Taylor (@teyanataylor) Previews Music with Quavo(@QuavoRN)


Last week, Teyana Taylor spoke to fans on the roll-out of her KTSE album with Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music in 2018. After receiving mixed reactions, T.T. revealed that she’s no longer waiting for Yeezy or her labels regarding the future of her career. To show the public that she’s serious, Teyana previewed a track with Quavo this week – asking him should they drop it.

Considering the Harlem rep is about 50 percent done with her upcoming untitled album; we’re assuming something could emerge before the start of summer. Take a look at the preview below.