J. Cole

J. Cole Brings ‘Homecoming’ Special to HBO

J. Cole is coming home to HBO. The North Carolina rapper will star in his very own HBO special next year.

“J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming” debuts Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 p.m. The 90-minute special, described as part concert film, part backstage pass, tells his compelling life story through his own words and music, and through the observations of those who know him best.

Cole will perform all 13 songs from his third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, with special appearances by Jay Z and Drake, who joined him on stage during his hometown show at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina in August.

2014 Forest Hills Drive sold 350,000 copies upon its release in December 2014, and became the first hip-hop album in 25 years to go platinum without any featured guests.

“J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming” was directed by Scott Lazer, edited by Oliver Riley-Smith, with executive producers J. Cole, Ibrahim Hamad, and Adam Roy.

HBO has worked with Roc Nation in the past on specials including Jay Z and Beyoncé’s “On the Run Tour” in 2014 and “Jay Z’s Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” in 2013.