J. Cole kicked off his Off-Season Tour with Morray and 21 Savage in Miami on Friday. Drake and Future made guest appearances, and Drake took a moment to address Cole’s status in hip-hop.
Drake’s words come after Cole rapped, “Some people say that I’m running third, they threw the bronze at me / Behind Drake and Dot, yeah, them n*ggas is superstars to me / Maybe deep down, I’m afraid of my luminosity,” on his “Heaven’s EP” track. The song uses Drake’s “Pipe Down” beat off his newly released Certified Lover Boy album.
“I just like, I gotta say this ’cause I don’t always wanna have a heartfelt moment when we’re on stage together,” said Drizzy. “You know, you did that ‘Pipe Down’ freestyle the other day, right? You was sayin’ in the freestyle that they gave you the bronze or whatever, me and Kendrick [Lamar]…I just want you to understand something. You are genuinely, without a doubt, one of the greatest rappers to ever touch a mic.”
The Toronto rapper’s heartfelt speech sent the crowd into a frenzy.
He added, “I just want to let you know, there’s way too many people in the world that think and know that J. Cole is in the top position. I love you with all my heart. You’re my brother, one of my favorite artists. And I always appreciate you having me out here.”
Check out the moment below.
— No Jumper (@nojumper) September 25, 2021