Bas (@fiendbassy) – My Nigga Just Made Bail feat. J. Cole (Music Video)


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I’m so fucking hungover from Bas & The Fiends at Webster Hall last night for Just Blaze’s House Party. I really don’t have shit to say.

Thank you to everyone that came. Love you all.

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NPR Microphone Check x @JColeNC “Ain’t Enough Of Us Trying”

Take an hour to listen to this interview.

It’s amazing.

This is what our culture needs.

More intelligent conversations.

Aint enough of us trying.

You can read the transcript in 15 minutes if you crunched for time HERE


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Via @VibeMagazine: You Know The Man Behind J. Cole’s Dreamville Movement? – AKA @KingOfQueenz


Dream Come True
J. Cole’s right-hand man and Dreamville President Ibrahim Hamad is set on creating a music dynasty of the people

Ibrahim Hamad is feeling like a springtime Santa. It’s 12:07 a.m. and Last Winter, the debut studio LP from Dreamville’s lottery pick rapper Bas, has been on sale for exactly seven minutes. And here is Hamad scrolling Twitter for fiends anticipating the label’s first retail release. “If you can’t get that #LastWinter right now for [f]inancial reasons or you not sure yet about Bas… send me your email, I’m a iTunes gift you,” tweets the 29-year-old Queens native, who co-founded Dreamville with J. Cole back in 2007, announcing a label deal with Interscope in January. He’ll continue donating digital downloads—too many for him to remember—until the iTunes store’s fraud protection kicks in.

It’s all part of the grassroots philosophy that’s catapulted Cole to rap’s most grounded superstar. “People feel emotionally connected,” says Hamad of his former St. John’s University classmate, whose third album is on pace to sell 300,000-plus albumsfirst week with no marketing bells. “We understand the Internet but we also understand real-life consumers; we know how to speak to the fans.” The towering executive shares his business plan for dream world domination.

J. Cole’s brand is very reserved. Because he doesn’t tweet or Instagram much, it’s more special when he says something. People have to pay attention. That rubs off on our Dreamville brand.

Aftermath is the label I’ve liked the most. Not only did Dr. Dre push Eminem; he let Eminem have his own shit. Then Em signed 50, and they pushed G-Unit. When it worked for Dre, that shit went all the way.

Bas has a real lifestyle with the Fiends—he wants to grow a creative marketing company. I enjoy pushing the artist and their movement, ’cause if the movement gets stronger, Bas gets stronger and we get stronger.

Cole really wanted to do the Beyoncé [surprise album] thing. We thought about that shit before, but that’s probably better when you’re even bigger. That move was possible because of our generation of artists who’ve done that with mixtapes. Beyoncé probably saw the reaction online when we dropped Friday Night Lights, when Drake dropped [So Far Gone], when Chance dropped Acid Rap. But it was genius.

I don’t have a certain type of artist I want to sign, just whatever makes me a fan. I’m looking for a girl singer but it could be a fucking rock band if the shit is hot. I’m such a hard critic—if you can get me excited, I know you’ll get a majority of people excited. I want to build careers, not just something hot for now. —John Kennedy


^^^^^ Click this shit so hip-hop media knows we want more articles like this about real people doing real things and not that bullshit.

I don’t want to get all EMO because it’s #FiendFriday and shit, but Ib is hands-down one of the best and smartest people on the planet. Since Day 1 he’s always believed in us the most, and without him none of this could be possible. Beyond that, every step of the way he has always looked out for me and included me in absolutely amazing experiences I thought I would never get to see in my life. He’s done things for me that I can never repay back, and he has no idea how much it means to me. He has truly changed my life. I can never, ever, thank him enough. All I can try to do is work my hardest to try and pay him back someday.

Glad he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. He deserves all the credit in the world and more. Some of his ideas are absolutely incredible and i’ve seen him blow away some of the biggest agencies in the world.

If you are reading this, from the bottom of my tar-covered, kushed-out, black heart, THANK YOU. You are truly an inspiration and role model to me.

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PS – What’s good with this photo Ib? Vibe couldn’t get anything more recent? What is this circa St. Johns ’07? #HateHard

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#FIENDS x Dreamville West

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@ The Champ

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J. Cole: “Be Free” – David Letterman

Absolutely incredible performance. Straight chills. You can see David Letterman was visibly moved.

Awesome that Cole got to do this right before Letterman retires. Couldn’t be prouder of Dreamville right now. Just another amazing part of this week.

Only thing is, I don’t know what was better. Cole’s performance…or seeing this fiend Ron Gilmore’s face on fucking David Letterman. That’s amazing Ron.

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2014 Forest Hills Drive Release Party

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Fuck your release party.

Dusse, chicks, chicken wings, and hoops. Family shit.

For real, this was a really cool way to celebrate. None of that bullshit, we can go to a club whenever and we do all the time. This was a perfect night.

Except that Cole has us hoopin and shit till 3am. A fiends lungs aint really built like that.

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Apparently – J. Cole (@JColeNC)| Official Video

I love this song man.

First time I heard it I straight up almost shed some thug tears and immediately texted my mom.

Feels good to have some dope ass uplifting raps to listen to every day.

Cole gave us an album that we all need right now.

2014 Forest Hills Drive.


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J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive Out Now #FIENDS!!!!

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Turnt the Best Buy out at Midnight in NYC.


Shouts to Cole for another absolutely incredible classic. Straight genius. So proud of our entire Dreamville family though: IB, Adam Rodney, Felton, Ron Gilmore Jr, Mike Shaw, Diz, Camille Mathews, Ced & everyone else. Love you all, so blessed. Congrats you fiends!!!


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A @Dreamville #CaliChristmas: @fiendbassy x @JColeNC


It was a Dreamville family affair at Power 106’s Cali Christmas this weekend.

Bas joined J. Cole during his set to perform My Nigga Just Made Bail. You can see Cole’s entire set here, and the Fiend King comes out at 14:13:

Had that shit rockin. DREAMVILLE.

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PS – Official Video For Bas feat. J. Cole – My Nigga Just Made Bail


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