Drake joined J. Cole on-stage during the weekend and labelled him “one of the greatest rappers to ever touch a mic”.
The appearance came during the opening night of Cole’s tour of his chart-topping album, The Off Season, which he released earlier this year. Only last week, J. Cole released the track ‘Heaven’s EP’ that sampled ‘Pipe Down’ from Drake’s latest record, Certified Lover Boy, and the duo’s love-in is continuing.
“I’ve got to say this, just ’cause I don’t always want to have a heartfelt moment when we’re on stage together and shit, but you know, you did that ‘Pipe Down’ freestyle the other day, right?” he told Cole on stage, regarding the new single.
Drizzy continued, “You was saying in the freestyle about, you know, they handed you the bronze, whatever, whatever, me and Kendrick. I just want you to understand something. You are genuinely, without a doubt, one of the greatest rappers to ever touch a mic.”
The Canadian’s previous comments are a reference to Cole’s lyrics, “Some people say that I’m running third, they threw the bronze at me/Behind Drake and Dot, yeah, them n****s is superstars to me.”
He then passionately told the audience, “There’s way too many people in the world that think and know that J. Cole is at the top, in the pole position. I love you with all my heart, you’re my brother, one of my favourite artists, and I always appreciate you having me out here.”
Drake’s love for Cole is nothing new. Back in 2019, during an interview with Rap Radar, he said he had a “lot of respect” for Cole. Furthermore, he said that he, along with Kendrick Lamar, deserves praise for “continuing to stay true to what we started with and finding new ways to do it”.
He added, “I think for all three of us, it is the time to see who can transcend the generations, much like Jay did, or much like Wayne did.”