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J. Cole to headline Hopkins Spring Fair

February 14, 2014
Credit: Facebook

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J. Cole was announced by video (below) this week as the headliner for the 2014 Johns Hopkins Spring Fair, the 43rd year of the largest student-run fair in the country. The concert will be held at 8pm on Friday, April 25th, at the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center.

North Carolina-based rapper J. Cole rose to fame with a series of online mixtapes before becoming the first new hip-hop artist to sign with Jay-Z under the legend’s Roc Nation imprint, releasing the gold debut album Cold World: The Sideline Story in 2011. But his clout in the hip-hop world rose substantially when he released his second album, Born Sinner last June. After daringly scheduling the album to be released on the same day as Yeezus by his hero, Kanye West, J. Cole debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, only to rise to #1 and ultimately outsell West within a few weeks.

J. Cole’s protégé Bas, a New York-based rapper who was heavily featured on Revenge of the Dreamers, a January compilation from Cole’s Dreamville Records label, will open the Spring Fair concert. Tickets will go on sale to JHU students only on March 7th. For more information, visit