J. Cole felt the need to prove something.
The last time he was in Toyota Center, performing at least — he was the undercard for Jay-Z and his Blueprint 3 tour. That was almost a decade ago. In the years since, Cole has shunned the typical concept of stardom in favor of a road all his own. And for an album such as KOD, Cole made sure everything made perfect sense.
With a lineup that included Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Jaden Smith and more, Cole made certain that even the demographics that don’t recognize he or his five No. 1 albums. He ran through 23 total tracks during his 90-minute headlining set. His live show has evolved over the years as the Forest Hills Drive tour back in 2015 featured him sitting on a ramp, representative of his childhood home.
Wednesday night, Cole only sat to tell the people things they needed to hear. After that, he was right back dropping tracks such as “ATM,” “KOD” and closing with “No Role Modelz.”
1. Window Pain (Outro)
2. A Tale of 2 Citiez
3. Fire Squad
5. The Cut Off (with kiLL edward)
6. Deja Vu
9. Kevin’s Heart
11. Nobody’s Perfect
12. Work Out
13. Can’t Get Enough
14. Ville Mentality
16. Love Yourz
18. Wet Dreamz
20. Power Trip
22. FRIENDS (with kiLL edward)
23. 1985 (Intro to “The Fall Off”) (Acapella)
24. No Role Modelz
See all the photos from the show in our gallery!