"The black curtain drops, white lights floods the stage. J. Cole sits atop a slanted roof-like structure and raises his mic. The July 30 show at the First Niagara Pavilion began, kicking off his epic set with some older selections, and getting the crowd on their feet.
Stepping up to the mic, he said in a calm voice, "Now you all know I just dropped an album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, a few months back." Cheers reverberate from all sides of the large auditorium. "Now, how would ya'll like it, if I played the entire thing tonight?" The crowd roars in approval.
After playing a few more classics like, "Wet Dreamz", Cole stepped up and announced, "Now its time to embark on this journey." Jumping into the album, he spit hits like "No Role Modelz" and "G.O.M.D." with vehemence. The crowd gained more energy with each track, proving they could hold their own, despite the amphitheater only being three quarters full. Cole finally exited the stage after a nearly two hour set, leaving the crowd begging for more, and making this a show for the books."