J. Cole is no stranger to letting the world know that he’s a Notorious Big fan. He featured on an unreleased cut of Biggie’s Can I Get Wit Ya, as well as sampling Notorious Thugs on his track N****z Know, from his 2013 album Born Sinner. He has even mentioned taking influence and rating Biggie Smalls as one of his favourite rappers; now he has surprised fans at Shaun White’s Air + Style Music Festival by dropping Notorious Big’s Hypnotize.
J. Cole was getting the crowd ready and amped for one his bigger hits, Who Dat, when he suddenly changed direction and launched into Hypnotize.
Now, nothing can compare to Biggie’s rendition, but whenever you are out and someone plays the song, whether it be a DJ or J. Cole, it’s a hip-hop sing-a-long at its finest. You and everybody around you should be jumping up and down and rapping along, so loudly that it impedes your ability to realise Cole’s voice isn’t that of Biggie Smalls. Check it out below.
Fans are still waiting to see whether J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar will actually release their collaborative album. The are rumours to both extents, so only time will tell. Either way, J. Cole is staying busy featuring in Trae Tha Truth’s video for Children of Men.
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