J. Cole, FreeSol, Vonnegutt, BBU, Sulaiman | Bottom Lounge | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

J. Cole, FreeSol, Vonnegutt, BBU, Sulaiman Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Aug. 6, 10 p.m. 2010

Introductions don't get more auspicious than a cameo on a Jay-Z song called "A Star Is Born." That's how most people first encountered this native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and J. Cole has smartly followed that breakout with guest spots alongside fellow on-the-verge rappers like Wale, B.o.B., and Jay Electronica—he's even been a little more ambitious there, at one point promising, "On this new school of rappers I really will go Columbine." Whether or not he'll live up to the promise of that Jigga track's title remains to be seen, but his latest single, "Who Dat" (Roc Nation), sounds like a club ripper-upper, and the fact that it contains a line where he actually brags about not having a chain suggests that he's got healthy reserves of personality to draw on. —Miles Raymer

Price: $15, 17+

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