Concert preview: North Carolina rapper J. Cole looks back on 2014 Forest Hills Drive
On J. Cole’s third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the workmanlike North Carolina rapper breezes through nostalgia-heavy cuts about early sexual escapades (“Wet Dreamz”) and balancing newfound celebrity with the realities of his hardscrabble youth (“Love Yourz”).
Cole, who delivered one of the best Ferguson-inspired tracks in the streaming-only “Be Free,” occasionally dips into societal issues here (“What’s the price for a black man life?”), and it’d be nice to hear more of this blood spilled onstage when he visits LC Pavilion for a sold out show on Tuesday, March 31.
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7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31
405 Neil Ave., Arena District