J. Cole went to prison with no features.
J. Cole’s earnest and honest raps have helped plenty of people going through hard times, but what about people who are actually doing hard time? J. Cole took some time off from his 4 Your Eyez Only tour to visit incarcerated fans in San Quentin. He brought along a few Dreamville Records associates, including label head Ibrahim “Ib” Hamid.
While the actual date of the visit to the California prison is unknown, the Dreamville crew shared photos of Cole meeting with inmates on their Instagram accounts on August 1st. Dreamville team member Felton Brown wrote on Instagram that the purpose of the visit was to listen to people whose “stories go unheard behind the wall.” The photos show Cole smiling alongside fans who are serving life sentences inside the world-famous prison. Hamid says the day inside San Quentin was a “life-changing experience” and that a photo caption “wouldn’t be doing it justice.”
J. Cole visited several areas
“We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again,” Ibrahim Hamid wrote underneath photos of Cole hanging with inmates in the exercise yard and inside cell blocks. “That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn’t be doing it justice.”
A Moving Moment
Amos also shared several snaps of Cole’s visit, calling it “one of the most moving moments” since the latest tour began.
“Spent a day with some brothers whose stories go unheard behind the wall,” he said. “Learned a lot, so much work to be done. This system will try to not give you a voice but we’re listening.”
A Recent Raid
While J. Cole isn’t exactly known for brushes with the law, it’s likely that he was open to hearing about the injustices of the legal system. A home that he was using as a recording studio was raided by a SWAT team while he recorded his latest album. The raid — which found no drugs — was documented by a security camera outside the home, a camera that was eventually disabled by one of the officers involved in the raid. Parts of that footage ended up in the music video for the track as well.