J. Cole

J. Cole is a fresh-faced young man from Fayetteville, North Carolina, who first exploded onto the scene as Jay-Z's protegé. Shining on Jigga's fittingly titled "A Star Is Born," Cole has amassed a devoted following without even releasing a full-length album. So far, his notoriety has come courtesy of a series of football-inspired mixtapes with titles like The Warm-up and Friday Night Lights, which show off his gruff rapping style and theatrical rhyme scheme. The growing legion of fans Cole has attracted is no doubt charmed by his intimate and engaging performance style; live, he displays a certain ease, especially when it comes to interacting with the crowd. If his last roll through town is any indication, expect a show-igniting performance at the Ogden.


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