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Are J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar Working on a New Album?

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If you have been a fan of modern rap and hip-hop for the past two years, you know how prolific this partnership is.

J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar are the lifeblood of mainstream hip-hop, and have respectively cemented their legacy in the genre not just because their talent is miles beyond their peers, but because they are the embodiment of the art in its truest form.

Recently, many speculations have surrounded the two working on a joint album together. The last significant collaborative record in hip-hop came from Jay-Z and Kanye in 2011 via Watch the Throne. Last week, Ab-Soul subliminally stated that J. Cole and Kendrick do have a collaborative album in the works.  Watch Ab-Soul’s full interview on The Breakfast Club below where he talks about his own new album and the long anticipated news:

So what does this all mean for hip-hop?

Hopefully it sends a message to artists about open mindedness in working with others. Over the past two decades, hip-hop has generally stayed alive on the steam of artists having “beef” with each other, a few decent albums per year, and the occasional summer season of club-banging ditties (that truly only last for the summer). Call me cray, but I believe that if more hip-hop artists started working together instead of against each other (with the natural competitive mindset), the genre as a whole might gain back some of the pep it’s lost of late.

For J. Cole specifically, a collaboration would be the fire that takes his career to new heights. His latest album, 4 Your Eyez Only (which you can download for free in the link at the bottom), delivers timeless music from the soul.  The only thing that could make it better?  Peppering in some Kendrick and watching the two take the effort live.

What do you all think about this potential album featuring two icons? Are you excited to know that in time, the hip-hop Gods may give us the wish we have waited so long for? Do you believe it will be a lasting impact within the hip-hop world?

Share your thoughts below, and check out the Trebel Music app where you can get free downloads of J.Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” and “untitled unmastered.”

About Kenon Lamont Thompson

Kenon Lamont Thompson is a chef, journalist/blogger, and photographer. Music has been a part of his life ever since he was a kid that earned a Walkman CD Player and MP3 player. When Kenon is not enjoying his time working (yes you read that right), he is usually having fun playing video games, participating in outdoor activities, and traveling.

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