J. Cole What Dreams May Come Tour featuring Wale

J. Cole What Dreams May Come Tour featuring Wale

Grammy-nominated, platinum selling  RocNation/Columbia recording artist J. Cole, in the midst of his critically acclaimed Gold selling new album Born Sinner, a Platinum selling, #1 single “Power Trip” featuring Grammy Award-winner Miguel and rapidly rising second single, “Crooked Smile” featuring TLC, and a recent top selling fan tour,  has announced details and dates for his 2013 North American tour, What Dreams May Come Tour.

Joining J. Cole on tour is Grammy-nominated and award-winning artist, Wale. Wale is touring in support of his latest release, the #1 album The Gifted, which sold more than 158,000 units in its first week.  This marks Wale’s third solo album and follows up his certified Gold sophomore album, Ambition, which also topped the charts as the #1 rap album and produced the Grammy nominated, certified Gold single “Lotus Flower Bomb” featuring Miguel.  Wale has released a series of critically acclaimed mixtapes and received praise for his debut album, Attention Deficit, from national publications such as Billboard and Paper Magazine.

Warning: this show is intended for mature audiences.

In addition to general ticketing, fans will also have a chance to purchase the J. Cole VIP meet and greet packages. More details on the VIP packages can be found below on the Pricing tab.

Sep. 13 Carol Morsani Hall

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Show Dates & Times

Fri., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.

What to Expect

Warning: this show is for mature audiences.

About the Show

With his first album Cole World: The Sideline Story, J. Cole solidified his position as a bonafide rap star touring the world with hit records and then earning himself a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards. Now with his sophomore LP Born Sinner scheduled for a June 25 release on Roc Nation/Sony the once humble kid stands tall as confident man on a musical mission.

Cole’s first album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart when it was released in September 2011, earned him a gold plaque and spawned the platinum-selling, hit-single "Work Out." He promises Born Sinner will top it all. J. Cole got his start rapping and producing as a teen in North Carolina. In 2009, he signed to JAY Z’s Roc Nation then dropped his The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010) mixtapes, which paved the way for his major label debut. He now stands as one of music’s most respected and sought after rap lyricists. Not only has Cole crafted underground favorites with Wale ("Beautiful Bliss "), Reflection Eternal ("Just Begun") and French Montana ("Diamonds"), he has been called on by music’s biggest stars JAY Z ("A Star is Born"), BeyoncĂ© ("Party" remix) and Kanye West ("Looking for Trouble").

For Born Sinner Cole made a creative return to the routines that initially got him his deal. "I got back to what it used to be, traight making music in the bedroom. No studio," he says.

The shift resulted in "Power Trip," Born Sinner’s multi-layered first single featuring Grammy Award-winning R&B vocalist Miguel. Cole released the song on Valentine’s Day 2013 and already has cracked the top 10 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap charts. The song’s melodic sample-based instrumental creates the perfect sound bed for Cole’s deep lyrical whims which center around the complex feelings that love can create. Its groundbreaking video only enhances the experience, telling a dark tale of obsession and murder.

"This single is so organic. It happened at a time where I needed to get away from the studio," Cole says. "I just start cooking up in the house. I started with the drums, added the sample, added the music, then I added that percussion and bass line and started humming melodies. That was a fun night, probably the most fun I’ve had in a long time making a song."

Cole’s story begins with music, but extends so far outside of the recording studio. In February he was invited to Harvard University to spearhead an hour-long lecture titled "The Next Move: A Conversation With J. Cole," where he spoke with students about his early influences, dreams of playing professional basketball in the NBA and lyrical inspiration. It’s that same story that inspired all of the music on Born Sinner, which Cole produced in its entirety. "The things that I’ve been through is the reason for that, it all makes me stronger," he says. "All that will be told on the album, people will get it."

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