Donning a vintage Charlotte Hornets jacket in honor of his home state team, the North Carolina emcee’s set heated up on the second song, when he performed his verse to 21 Savage’s “a lot” from i am > i was.
After the instrumentals for the song lit up the loudspeakers, Cole walked off the front of the stage and acknowledged the track’s creator and the recent immigration battle he’s been fighting.
“21 Savage! We love you,” Cole yelled on his way to another stage.
J Cole shouts out 21 Savage pic.twitter.com/6fxuZrP94E— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 18, 2019
J. Cole just did what his peers refused to do last week at the GRAMMYs --- acknowledge and show love and support for 21 Savage.— DJBooth (@DJBooth) February 18, 2019
J Cole is the GOAT I still can't comprehend why he didn't win a Grammy, and yes 21 Savage we love you pic.twitter.com/o5N8un5lWx— 🇰🇪Wachira🇰🇪 (@Im__wachiraII) February 18, 2019
J COLE SHOUTING OUT 21 SAVAGE! WHAT A GUY— Yo, Pierre! (@pjunior1995) February 18, 2019
Shout out to J Cole for that 21 Savage tribute✊🏾— Mo Ba🇲🇷 (@Papis795) February 18, 2019
Me if J Cole would’ve brought out 21 Savage.. pic.twitter.com/s96zVYmqm6— Leslie Stark (@Leslie_Stark23) February 18, 2019
21 Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on February 3. He was released last week on $100,000 and is currently fighting possible deportation in the courts. Since his arrest, numerous celebrities, particularly in music, have shown their support for the English-born rapper.
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