Contact Us

J. Cole, Rock the Bells 2012: Rhymer Names ‘Greatest Rapper Alive’ During Set

Redferns via Getty Images

J. Cole graced the Rock The Bells stage Sunday (Sept. 2) at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey with a red jacket reminiscent of Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” music video, all while moving through his collection of tracks.

The Roc Nation rapper performed songs off his mixtapes and debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story including “Who Dat,” “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Lights Please,” “In the Morning” and “Daddy’s Little Girl.”

His band and DJ were just as entertaining. His keyboardist did his own rendition of Scarface’s “My Block” while the crowd clapped their hands in unison. DJ Dummy then showcased his scratching abilities on the turntables with his hands behind his back.

“These DJs can’t do that anymore,” J. Cole bragged.

After that, Cole rapped “Blow Up” and his hit “Work Out.”

“We gotta make room for the greatest rapper alive,” he said in reference to Nas, whose set was right after his.

Before leaving the stage he performed “I Need That,” in which his DJ mixed in Jay-Z‘s “Big Pimpin’,” a clever move that received a couple “aye’s” from the audience as they were already bouncing to the track.

See Hip-Hop’s Most Expensive Album Covers Valued by a Jeweler


Watch “A Day in the Life of J. Cole”

#fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-319106{display:none;} .cke_show_borders #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-319106, #postcontentcontainer #fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-319106{width:476px;height:357px;display:block;}

A Day in the Life of J. Coletry{document.getElementById(“fivemin-widget-blogsmith-image-319106″).style.display=”none”;}catch(e){}

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of TheBoombox

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for The Boombox quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!