4 Your Eyez Only. That album has gone platinum and reaffirms the North Carolina’s status as one of the most important voices in rap. Just like his Forest Hills Drive Tour, J. Cole’s current run is shaping up to be one of the biggest tours in hip hop in 2017.
Over the past few years, J. Cole has emerged as a top rapper even though he hasn’t had the widespread love and acclaim of someone like Kendrick Lamar. Yet, judging by the size of arenas and tickets they’ve sold, the public seems to think they’re close in stature. Cole’s heartfelt lyrics and philanthropy that extends to urban youths and single mothers— have garnered him recognition as much as intricate musicianship. The self-taught piano player channeled that into a larger sound, reflected on last year’s