J. Cole Just Announced the Release Date for New Album ‘KOD’

J. Cole will be returning with his fifth studio album very, very soon. 

On Monday, Cole took to social media to announce that he would be holding a surprise concert at New York City's Gramercy Theatre and that it would be a “first come, first served” kind of situation. The flyer for the show also warned that no cameras, bags, or phones would be allowed.

 

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Following the show announcement, and also because Cole switched his Twitter profile pic, background, and Instagram avatar, many fans speculated the North Carolina rapper would be dropping some new music. It looks like those theories turned out to be true. 

Following the aforementioned performance, Cole jumped back on social media to reveal that he has a new album on the way and it's titled KOD. And to make it all sweeter, we aren't going to have to wait that long to be able to hear it. The project will be out on Friday, April 20, which, of course, is International Marijuana Day, or something like that. 

Cole reportedly played the album for those lucky enough to attend the NYC show. Brian “B.Dot” Miller shared the news on Twitter.

Cole's last album was 2016's 4 Your Eyez Only.

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Ray Allen and Julius Erving Rate Their Rap Bars at Nike Art of a Champion

This week at Nike's Art of a Champion event in New York City, Speedy Morman caught up with Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving. So we had to ask them about something that's always been on our minds: what do they think about the famous rap bars each of them have been mentioned in?

On “Gone for the Winter,” Fabolous rapped: 

Like Ray Allen in game 6, when James missed
Then Bosh tapped it to him
You know what had happened to 'em, swish
It's all about a swish.

“I thought it was dope,” Ray Allen said. “Any time you're in one of Fabolous' songs, it's incredible. He, too, is an icon. He's somebody that's been in the rap game for such a long time. When he spits that fire, people listen to him.”

Back in 1984 on “Basketball,” Kurtis Blow famously spit:

Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court
Just like I'm the king on the microphone
So is Dr. J and Moses Malone

“I've heard the song many times,” Erving acknowledged. “And, Kurtis Blow, I have to give it a five out of five. You know, it's had a good following. People still remember it and refer to it every now and then. It keeps me alive and it keeps him alive.”

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Q-Tip Will Teach a Music Course at NYU

Q-Tip, rap legend from A Tribe Called Quest, will become a teacher. Q-Tip will be joining NYU‘s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music to teach a course that will “explore historical, social, and musical connections between jazz and hip-hop,” according to NYU's website. The lucky students who will take this class can expect “in-class and out-of-class assignments under Q-Tip’s mentorship.” Grammy-winning journalist and producer Ashley Kahn will join Q-Tip as a professor for the course, which will begin Sept. 5.

The course will span seven classes, where students will be studying techniques of music and the “fused musical genres” of the Last Poets, Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar. The class will cover artists of the '70s, '80's, '90's, “and beyond.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me. Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved,” said Q-Tip in a statement on NYU's website.

Q-Tip has been keeping busy lately: He recently did a reading of Nelson George's play My Funny Valentine at Joe's Pub in New York City, where he starred and played Miles Davis. A Tribe Called Quest just released their “final” video for the We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service opening cut “The Space Program.” The video, directed by Warren Fu, features cameos from Erykah Badu, Vince Staples, Pharrell, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rosario Dawson, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, Anderson .Paak, and more.

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Amazon’s Being Secretive as Hell About Their New HQ City Selection

Amazon is trying really hard to not let the cat out of the bag.

Splinter News reports the online megastore, worth over $650 billion, is asking competing cities to sign nondisclosure agreements as they negotiate and narrow down bids for their future headquarters. Local news organizations such as the ABC affiliate WRAL and the Atlanta Star-Constitution, have tried and failed to obtain records regarding the ongoing deals in their metropolitan areas.

According to NPR, the 20 potential locations in North America selected in the second round include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Washington D.C.

In fact, some of the first rounds of reports have also been leaving out important information, such as details regarding their offers. For instance, only Boston and Toronto have released information to the public about their deals.

Amazon recently lost value in the stock market after Donald Trump tweeted that the company was burning the United States Postal Service.

How much will one of the world's richest men get in tax breaks? Stay tuned to find out.

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Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 7 Will Reportedly Include No Apparel or Accessories (UPDATE)

UPDATED 5:30 p.m. EST: Tuesday afternoon, Kim Kardashian weighed in on the rumors that Yeezy Season 7 will include no apparel or accessories, and called into question the credibility of the Yeezy Mafia Twitter account that sparked the rumors in the first place. “How can a verified account represent Yeezy with false information?” she asked on Twitter. “You do NOT work for Yeezy and NOT affiliated. How are you gonna believe an account that posts fake color ways?”

Yeezy Mafia's original tweets have now been deleted.​​

See original story below.

Reports came in Tuesday afternoon alerting the universe that Kanye West had invited stockists to an “empty” showroom for a surprise meeting. The purpose of this meeting, allegedly, was to reveal that Yeezy Season 7 will include no apparel or accessories because West wasn't able to pull off his vision for the collection.

Kim Kardashian has been spotted recently wearing presumed samples from Season 7.

 

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If Tuesday's reports represent a final stance, however, the designs will not make the leap to actual products available to the public. Additional tweets from Yeezy Mafia, citing unknown sources, compared the eventual Season 7 rollout to West's Season 2, i.e. a shoes-driven affair:

At the time of this writing, additional info on this arguably artful development was scarce. Given that anyone who attends such a showroom meeting most likely has to sign an agreement saying they won't blabber to publications, this may be all we get until an official announcement.

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Last month, West's Warholian Yeezy Season 6 campaign took over New York City subways, turnstiles and all.

This week's TeamKanyeDaily-spotted developments on the music front include a studio set-up in Wyoming, with Tony Williams and King Louie confirmed as being in the area. Maybe Yeezy Season 7's limited release is being put in place ahead of some new music?

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Hundreds of Leaked NYPD Files Show Cops’ Terrifying Abuses of Power Without Consequences

A damaging report released by BuzzFeed News on Monday revealed that a large number of NYPD officers have committed fireable offenses but maintained their employment. This discovery was made through hundreds of internal police files obtained by BuzzFeed from an anonymous source.

At least 319 officers from 2011 to 2015 have committed crimes that include lying, cheating, stealing, or assaulting New York City residents. The alarming article shows that at least 50 employees lied on record or under an oath of some kind; 38 were found guilty of using excessive force; 57 had been driving under the influence, and several were accused of inappropriate behavior relating to sexual harassment—including one officer who touched and kissed a student while on duty at a school.

BuzzFeed writes that all of these offenses were met with barely a slap on the wrist. Instead of getting fired, the police commissioner gave these officers “dismissal probation,” which means practically nothing. Officers continue to perform their jobs at the same salary, and in a year the “probation” is over. That means, as the report confirms, that many of those 319 cops continue to work for the NYPD today.

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This piece is the first of an ongoing investigation by BuzzFeed to explore NYPD’s records of those who have received dismissal probation and continue to work for the police department. The secrecy that envelops the internal misconduct of NYPD officers is made possible by a law that shields police misconduct records from becoming public. This has not only allowed police who have committed serious offenses to keep their jobs, but it prevents everyday citizens from being able to look up officers involved in their arrest to see if they have a history of lying or other abuses of power.

This scalding report comes soon after a big police misconduct scandal surrounding the Baltimore Police Department, which is being investigated for planting drugs and weapons, robbing citizens, and other crimes. The BuzzFeed News article reveals at least half of a decade of abuse of power by New York City law enforcement that implicates more than 10 times the amount of officers involved in the BPD scandal. Overall BuzzFeed's reporting shows the tremendous power cops who have committed crimes continue to hold over the lives of everyday New Yorkers. 

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