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Watch: J. Cole’s Powerful Performance Of “Be Free” On Letterman


When most major label artists are booked for national TV appearances, they’re there to promote a specific single that is in the process of impacting radio. Fayetteville, NC native J. Cole clearly isn’t “most,” artists, though. From announcing his album just three weeks before its release date, to showing up to fans homes to play the album, the roll-out for his third studio album has taken an extremely nontraditional route. Last night continued this trend as J. Cole paid a visit to “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and performed a song that doesn’t even appear on his album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, which was released yesterday and is currently being projected to sell over 350K copies in its first week. Instead, clad in all black, Cole chose a stripped down rendition of “Be Free,” a loose cut that serves as a tribute to the late Mike Brown. Powerful stuff. Watch the video below and be sure to pick up your copy of 2014 Forest Hills Drive HERE.

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