J.Cole brings Hip Hop to the Eventim Apollo for three sold out shows.
By Sara Payne
While most rap acts perform with just a DJ and a hype man yelling out their set list for all to chant along, Cole fully interacted with his audience making it a well rounded musical experience for fans and non fans alike.
I say non fans because I noticed business contacts sitting in front of me in awe of all the excitement while they looked around at all the people singing, rapping and dancing along. They seemed pleasantly surprised at everyone’s reaction.
Touring off of the release of his second studio album Born Sinner this year, you didn’t have to know the words (although everyone appeared to) and J.Cole pulls you in with his enthusiastic hand gestures while he shoots across the stage putting his all into every track.
The full band and his DJ creates such an eclectic sound & feel, his show is hardly a stereotypical rap gig. Cole’s style has always been a mix of old school hip hop with soulful elements that manages to stay current and places him among the hip hop favourites.
Performing live brings his albums to life, reminds you why you became a fan in the first place and shows people that he is not just another rapper on the scene. His Fans went wild with every song especially the older tracks from his three previous mix tapes ‘The Come Up’, ‘The Warm Up’ & ‘Friday Night Lights’.
This year two female backing vocalists were added to the crew along with his newly signed artist Bas hailing from New York. I have been to every show in London since he started touring in Europe and he has always had a unique style on stage. He puts on such a charismatic performance every time and you can see he is working hard for his success every year and is only getting better.
The Eventim Apollo has been the biggest and best venue to date and was well suited to house Cole’s explosive show. A thumbs up for anyone wanting to check out an exciting show as well as for loyal fans continuing to follow this rappers consistent and determined rise in hip hop.
Tickets are still available to see J. Cole live in Birmingham and Glasgow this weekend. Buy J. Cole tickets here.