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J. Cole performs at DTE Energy Music Theatre during his Forest Hills Drive Tour on July 25. (Miranda Karanfili/MJ)

Editor’s note: Check out a photo gallery from J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive Tour here.


On July 25, rapper J. Cole brought the Forest Hills Drive Tour to Clarkston’s DTE Energy Music Theatre. 

J. Cole performed an 18-song set, which included his entire “Forest Hills Drive” album. He spoke to the audience about his thought and process that went behind writing this album to him.

J. Cole gave insight to his life in the way a director gives commentary to his film-making process during a movie. He urged audience members that even if life was keeping you down to keep pushing for their dreams, because you never know where they might take you.

Between performing “Forest Hills Drive,” J. Cole also performed songs from his first album “Friday Night Lights,” and did an encore of his more popular singles, which included “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip.”

After performing his encore, the biggest surprise of the night came when J. Cole told the audience he had to go, only to play the beginning verse off of “Dark Sky Paradise.” Detroit’s own Big Sean came out onto the stage, the crowd roared with excitement.

Big Sean did not fail to get the audience pumped up, performing hits like “Blessings,” “I Don’t F**k With You” and “One Man Can Change The World.” He even rapped his verse off of Drake’s single, “All Me.” Big Sean beamed as he sang proclaiming his love for his city and love for his Detroit fans. 

The show was nonstop from the opening acts to the big performances. Not a single member in the audience sat during a song, while many danced in their seats and in the aisles during the concert.

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