J. Cole Gives 2 Fans A Shot To Rap With Him. It Does Not Go Well… (Video)
J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only Tour hit Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center last night (August 1). The sold out show was a testament to the MC/producer’s draw following his fourth consecutive #1, platinum-certified album.
Dreamville’s Bas and J.I.D. opened, with an appearance by Cozz. Then, the stage gave way to Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals before Cole took over. With his band and DJ Dummy on a separate platform, Cole entered the arena’s center stage through the crowd. Dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit, the Roc Nation star was ushered by security dressed as correctional officers. Surrounding his platform was barbed wire, a multitude of surveillance cameras, and lights.
The MC rocked for approximately two hours, free of any guest MCs. Calling back to his Forest Hills Drive Tour in 2015, he told energetic show-goers that he intends to perform new releases in full. That’s what he did with his December 2016 release. However, at one junction in the night he asked if he could perform some early cuts. He asked his team to spotlight fans in the crowd that were die-hards in terms of knowing the words. Cole stressed that those raising their hands would be taken seriously. He urged novice fans to sit out the request. After finding two enthusiastic women above, Cole talked them through what he was about to do. That’s when the Fayetteville, North Carolina native and past New York City resident broke into breakthrough hit “Lights Please.”
Almost immediately, it became evident that the two women could not follow along to the 2009 lyrics. “No pressure, in front of 20,000,” Cole joked. He laughs at the women’s embarrassment as the song plays out. The camera eventually pans among that 20,000, finding plenty of fans still hot off The Warm Up.