As an avid J Cole fanatic, it was a bit too surreal when I realized I would be seeing J. Cole perform live- a few metres from myself and hundreds of elated faces. I had to take a moment to gather myself but nothing could prepare any of us for what we experienced.
For those of us who made the effort to show up early to support the opening acts, I have to admit that not all of the acts were as impressive as what I hoped but the usual’s held it down of course. The wait from when I got to there to the time J Cole performed had left me feeling drained as I had lost all the “Hype” I had previously felt for the night. With that being said as we stood in anticipation, stage set, he came out ready to entertain…
In my opinion, There was no better opening to his concert than to perform something off his latest album “2014 Forest Hills drive” and what else should he do than “A tale of Two Cities”. People within a 5 metre radius of where I was standing couldn’t contain themselves as he did a spectacular job of performing a variety of songs not only from his new album but from his older albums as well. He managed to feature songs off of his “Friday night lights” album of which he performed “in the morning” , “Higher” as well as featuring “work out” from the album “Cole world: The sideline story”.
On the night there were two songs that proved to me that J Cole was the most prolific entertainer I have ever seen live: “a tale of two cities” and “Note to self”. Cole subtly introduced “a tale of two cities” with the crowed amped for the best moment of the night as the beat dropped. The first verse was delivered with the utmost fire in this raw, unrefined voice “last night, they pulled up on my nigga at the light like, uh nice watch, Run it” and the crowd went absolutely crazy. There was a uniform buzz amongst everyone that if one were to stand against the wall I am almost sure that they would have bounced right back from the vibrations.
In conclusion, he performed a melodic version of “note to self” of which he expressed his gratefulness to us, his fans. It was a magnificent evening and i’m glad I was given the opportunity to experience a show second to none. He had no outfit changes, back up dancers, special effects or dramatization – it was pure, raw, unrefined talent. He connected with the crowd on a heart to heart level and exceeded my expectations 10 fold.