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Concert Review: J. Cole & Big K.R.I.T. Campus Consciousness Tour At Temple

The Campus Consciousness Tour starring J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. kicked off on April 11th. The show made its way to Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center on Saturday, April 28th.
At around 8:00 p.m., Mississippi’s own Big K.R.I.T. hit the stage, wasting no time into letting the crowd get down to the first single off 4evaNaDay, “Boobie Miles”. K.R.I.T.’s stage presence and demeanor were excellent. He came out with a Flyer’s jersey, camo pants, and some dope orange kicks. Stylish guy, He then got the crowd to chime in during his performance of “4evaNaDay.” Big K.R.I.T.’s popularity is definitely growing, as evident during performances of “Me and My Old School” and “Rotatin,” the latter had the entire venue to swing their imaginary steering wheels in unison. His energy never died down, he even jumped in to the crowd during a high-powered performance of “Country Shit.” 

To be honest, I haven’t heard too many songs from K.R.I.T., but he was able to make me into a fan and made listening to songs that I haven’t heard before completely enjoyable. He performed a few more tracks from 4evaNaDay before closing out his set with “The Vent.” 

Roc Nation’s J. Cole was up next and he did not disappoint! I want to give a special shout out to J. Cole’s live band. Whoever they were, they were absolutely magnificent! To open up the show, a beautiful piano intro to “Dollar and a Dream III,” commenced. The anticipation was building for Cole as the piano intro reached its climax. J. Cole strolled on the stage ever-so casually in his red Dreamville leather jacket and the audience roared. He started rapping his verses to Dollar and a Dream III. He performed a few verses from“Cole World,” before transitioning to his verse off Jay-Z’s “A Star is Born.” 

The thing I loved most about J. Cole’s performance was that he makes sure to give the people in the back their time to shine. After his performance of the Missy Elliott-assisted track, “Nobody’s Perfect”, his guitarist (which I believe was from Philly) had an incredible solo that would make even the most non-musically inclined person drop their jaw in amazement. If you have J. Cole’s debut album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story,” you should definitely remember the skit at the beginning of “Never Told.” The skit began to play as J. Cole took a brief water break. He then went into a performance of “Daddy’s Little Girl,” and “Lost Ones,” a few of the more serious songs off the album. He even pulled out a stool and sat down during some of the performance. 

Rise and Shine,” one of my absolute favorites off Cole World, begin to ring through the speakers. As you can imagine, this got the crowd hype! He went into a performance of “Mr. Nice Watch,” which sounds a lot more exciting live (in my opinion). Then, a sort-of Daft Punk version of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” begin to play. Perhaps he felt the desire to pay homage to his boss, Jay-Z. As with every show, J. Cole gave his DJ, DJ Dummy the spotlight to show off his talents. This was the perfect segue into J. Cole’s verse on Beyonce’s “Party.” After that, He said, “And ya’ll know what happens after the party right?” As the piano intro to “In the Morning” begin to play. While he was rapping his verse, a girl threw her bra on stage! This caused J. Cole to laugh while he was attempting to perform his verses. I loved that because it showed his character and sense of humor. 

Mr. Cole reminds me of what hip-hop used to be. The way he incorporates story-telling into his songs is unmatched in Hip-Hop’s current state. He represents a fresh breath of air in hip-hop. I’m excited to see what he will be bringing to the game in the future. Cole World


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