The wait was finally over - J. Cole’s final show of the Forest Hills Drive tour arrived at Montreal’s Bell Center on September 4, 2015. Not only had the show been postponed from its’ original date, but three of the artists: Big Sean, YG and Jeremih were no longer performing, leaving diehard fans even more disappointed.
With that being said, Omen, Cozz and Bas pulled through with an amazing opening segment, leading to J. Cole's arrival on-stage, performing the haunting intro off his platinum album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
It was truly humbling to hear J. Cole acknowledge the incidents and genuinely apologize to his Montreal fans. Cole also admitted how scared he was and still hoped his fans would show up despite the pushbacks and absence of his supporting acts. “Montreal, I can’t f*in believe that y’all still came out. Thank you very much - that sh*t makes me feel special and I appreciate y'all for that”, Jermaine shared from the bottom of his heart.
With every record Cole performed, whether it was from his most recent album 2014 Forest Hills Drive or his mixtape classics, he kept everyone on their tiptoes only wanting more. The audience was on fire to say the least. Cole’s eyes were clearly filled with passion and dedication making sure his last show was worthwhile.
During the final minutes of his performance, a fan gave him a Habs jersey with number 28 embroidered on the back symbolizing Cole’s January 28 birthdate. The audience went crazy as he decided to wear the jersey, once again demonstrating how much Cole lives for connecting with his audience on a human level despite his rising stardom.
Regardless of the last minute chaos; you could still hear fans say how excited they were for Cole’s next visit to Montreal. That’s how great of a show Dreamville put on in our beautiful city.
As Cole says, there’s beauty in the struggle.