Grand opening, grand closing. J. Cole capped off his second annual “Dollar & A Dream” tour with a bang.
Following sold-out shows in London, New York, Miami, Raleigh, and Chicago, the Roc Nation MC performed two back-to-back shows at L.A.’s Belasco Theater on Wednesday night. His Dreamvillains lined up for hours to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets, and they got much more than they paid for.
In addition to performing his 5-year-old mixtape The Warm Up in its entirety, Cole surprised the crowd by bringing out Drake, who performed “Trophies,” “0 to 100,” and “Worst Behavior.”
“These are the only two kings in the game right now on stage,” said Drizzy as he stood alongside Cole.
During his second show, L.A.’s own Kendrick Lamar joined Cole onstage for “Poetic Justice,” “Backseat Freestyle,” and “m.A.A.d city.”
If you weren’t lucky enough to score a ticket, check out some footage below.
In honor of the 5th anniversary of his mixtape The Warm Up, J. Cole debuts the never-before-seen video for “Lights Please,” which aired during Sunday’s MTV special “The Warm Up: 5 Years Later.”
It was Cole’s first time seeing the video, which was shot in August 2008. The BB Gun-directed clip was originally planned as a trilogy that included “Lost Ones” and “Simba.”
The celebration continues. The Roc Nation rapper has also announced dates for his second annual “Dollar & A Dream Tour,” which kicks off July 3 in London and travels to New York (7/15), Miami (7/17), Raleigh (7/19), Chicago (7/21), and L.A. (7/23).
He will perform The Warm Up in its entirety during the six shows. Tickets will cost $1 and be available on a first come, first serve basis.
In an open letter published on his Dreamvillain website, Cole reflected on the mixtape that changed his life and the lives of many of his fans. “Five years later, I couldn’t be more proud of its impact. Thank you,” he wrote.
Sage the Gemini just released his debut album in March, but he’s already on to the next. The “Gas Pedal” hitmaker has recorded around 15 songs for the follow-up to Remember Me.
“It sounds way more controlled. It sounds like I took my time,” he told Rap-Up TV at PowerHouse 2014. “I’m way more creative. I sat down, relaxed, and took my time with the stuff.”
He’s been inspired by one of his fellow rappers. “I’ve been listening to a lot of J. Cole, so he kinda helped me,” revealed Sage.
After Skyping with the Roc Nation MC on MTV’s “RapFix Live,” he started listening to his music. “I was like, ‘He’s saying some real stuff.’ And I liked the way he spit and he doubled up and his delivery is hecka tight. ‘LAnd of the Snakes,’ I’m on that song. Crazy.”
In addition to Cole, he would love to work with Chris Brown. “I’ve been listening to him for a while,” Sage said of the “Loyal” singer. “I actually fell in love around the time he first came out. So he was kinda helping me keep my feelings towards that girl and I was doing poetry and he was just motivating.”
From Iggy Azalea to Riff Raff, the stars invaded Las Vegas to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.
After hosting 1OAK on Friday, Nicki Minaj brought the party poolside to LIQUID at Aria. While in Vegas, the “Pills N Potions” rapper met up with her famous friends including Diddy, her “wife” Cassie, Big Sean, and Riff Raff, who was caught stalking her.
“This n*gg was high out his mind. ‘Allegedly’ Lol,” she said of the NEON iCON. “Pretty sure he followed me out the club.”
Fresh from Florence where he attended Kim and Kanye’s wedding, Big Sean hosted a gig at Haze nightclub, while Nas was at 1OAK and Pusha T performed at The Bank. J. Cole rocked Rehab on Saturday and Diddy and YG held court poolside at Hard Rock on Sunday.
Iggy Azalea celebrated Power 106 DJ E-Man’s birthday at The Bank at Bellagio with Mike Posner and Far East Movement. The “Fancy” hitmaker and her NBA baller boyfriend Nick Young got cozy in VIP while toasting her chart-topping single.
See more pics from the star-studded weekend in Sin City.