If you’re a J. Cole fan, you most certainly remember when Cole brought out Drake during his HBO-premiered homecoming concert special in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
On Monday (August 8), during his final Summer Sixteen Tour show in New York at Madison Square Garden, Drake returned the favor.
After performing “No Role Modelz,” “A Tale Of 2 Citiez,” and his contribution to Jeremih’s “Planez,” Cole was joined on stage by Drizzy, who praised his contemporary as "one of the smartest, greatest, most legendary artists of our generation." Given that Cole is one of a select few hip-hop artists to also sell out MSG, this statement couldn’t be more true, and it couldn’t have come from a more prominant voice.
The inspiration behind Drake’s compliments are equal parts truth and politics. J. Cole’s career spans less than a decade, and yet his accomplishments could match many a storied veteran -- after all, he went double-platinum with no features. His somewhat mind-blowing musical success, coupled with insightful, uplifting lyrics and a constant knack for charitable work, makes Cole an artist that we as a culture should be proud to have. Drake, who probably belives he is the most legendary artist of our generation -- and he can make a great case -- was wise to use his stage to shower his fellow superstar with love; he knows shaking hands and kissing babies can go a long way.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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