J. Cole received one heck of a gift for his 29th birthday. Hov‘s original diamond studded Roc-A- Fella chain.
“First of all, happy birthday to J. Cole. It’s his birthday but he’s giving out gifts,” Jay said to the crowd, before turning to him. “So I think it’s only right that you get a gift. That, on your neck, is my original Roc chain — and it’s yours.” It was almost impossible to hear Cole over the eruption of cheers, but we’re pretty confident that he joked, “That’s all I even really wanted, that’s why I did it,” before thanking his mentor and begging for one more track.
J. Cole graciously accepted the chain and even tweeted “unbelievable”.
By the time Cole started peforming ”Forbidden Fruit,” Cole said ”I’ma drop the album same day as Kanye,” as an opportunity to celebrate with fans the fact that he’d,”f—ed around and sold more albums than Kanye.”
Kendrick Lamar hit the stage with Cole to perform “Forbidden Fruit” as well as his own “Backseat Freestyle” and “m.A.A.d city.” Lamar said ”He was one of the first cats to welcome me with open arms in this music business when I ain’t know sh– about it,” Lamar said. “This is not no regular rapper friendship, this is my f–king brother right here.”