As Bas began his final song "Tribe" and the show at Cat’s Cradle started to wrap up, a surge went through the crowd as J. Cole made a surprise appearance on stage.
J. Cole joined Bas on stage Tuesday night to rap to his parts in the song. It appeared no one in the audience was aware what was happening until he stepped out onto the stage.
‘It was really a huge surprise,” Chelsea McNair, an attendee of the concert, said. “Bas was wrapping up the show with the song 'Tribe' and he performed his part as usual, and then after the hook all of sudden we could hear Cole’s voice and then all of a sudden he ran on stage.”
Gregory Hall, a UNC junior and former staff writer for The Daily Tar Heel, said that when J. Cole stepped out onto stage the crowd went completely wild.
“I’ve gone to so many shows at Cat’s Cradle before,” Hall said. “But I’ve never heard it as loud as when J. Cole came out on stage.”
Hall said Cole’s appearance was brief, but it was still exciting.
“J.Cole didn’t make it about himself, he just preformed the song to help out Bas and then was like ‘Give it up for Bas,’” Hall said. “J. Cole is definitely a humble guy.”
It had been rumored that he may make an appearance, but his attendance had not been confirmed by Bas or the venue.
“I was wondering whether or not he’d make an appearance because I knew he was featured on a couple songs, but I never expected him to show up,” junior Caroline Todd said. “I know he lives in the area and him and Bas have collaborated before so it was probably a convenient fun thing for J. Cole to just come pop in and surprise the crowd.”
Hall had never seen J. Cole live, and he said the experience was definitely worth more than the $20 tickets.
“I was going to go to Dreamville Festival before it got cancelled,” Hall said. “But now like seeing him live and just hearing how amazing he is for just 40 seconds I'm definitely going to go to Dreamville next April.”
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