Roc Nation rapper J. Cole recently revealed details around his upcoming debut album, which is due out next spring or summer. According to Cole, he has linked with one of Hip-Hop’s most prolific producers, No I.D. No I.D., who is responsible for producing Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” and “D.O.A. (Death of Autotune), has worked with a number of artists over the years, including Common. Despite the chemistry, J. Cole said the majority of his debut will be self produced. “In my mind, I’m producing my album, but every time I get in with him, we just come up with some great music,” said Cole. “But I’m trying to produce a large majority of my album.”
Saint Louis rap star Nelly will make another appearance on CBS’s#### series CSI-New York. Nelly, who debuted on the show last October, will reprise his role as a New York City nightclub owner named Terrence Davis, a convicted gun smuggler who ended up accused of murder during the last season. Fans of the rapper can tune into CSI-New York on November 18th at 10:00 PM EST to catch Nelly’s cameo appearance.
Hip-Hop clothing company Sedgwick & Cedar launched a new line of t-shirts in partnership with famed New York photographer Jamel Shabazz. Under the new deal, Shabazz will license various photos from his book Back in the Days and Times Before Crack,” which will be featured on the front and back of the new collection. “Jamel wanted to keep this collabo limited and special and we could not agree more with him,” Sedgwick & Cedar CEO Ray Riccio told AllHipHop.com. “Once these designs are gone, we will move forward to our next limited photo collaboration featuring the legendary works of photographer Joe Conzo. So, if you are a fan of Jamel Shabazz and true Hip-Hop culture, we suggest getting these designs while they are available.” The Shabazz collection will be available for the holiday season and supply will be limited.