J. Cole Voices His Support for Colin Kaepernick at Baltimore Concert

    The rapper criticized the Baltimore Ravens for not signing the quarterback

    Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole is currently in the midst of a massive tour in support of his 2016 album, 4 Your Eyez Only. During a concert stop in Baltimore, Cole took a moment to express his support for former University of Nevada quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick gained national attention by protesting the United States national anthem. Instead of standing, he took a knee. He is still a free agent for reasons that many perceive to be politically-motivated. The Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in signing the athlete, but no deal has been formally struck.

    J. Cole took to the stage to express his views on the situation: “Baltimore, the type of shit that’s happening here, don’t you think somebody should risk they’re whole livelihood and their whole life to talk about this shit? Even if it cost them they money, they job, they life? Don’t that sound like Colin Kaepernick? Don’t that sound like what he doing? And he trying to come to Baltimore, the city that seems to need that shit for real.” The following day, Kaepernick tweeted a photo of himself and J. Cole, praising the rapper for his activism.

    Kaepernick tweeted another picture with Cole in support of Know Your Rights Camp, which is described as “a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”

    J. Cole’s 2016 4 Your Eyez Only debuted at number one on the charts and was certified platinum on April 7th, 2017. The album’s visual counterpart of the same title premiered on HBO recently, and is now available to stream on YouTube. It features Cole visiting towns like Ferguson and Baton Rouge that have been subject to national media attention from police brutality and racial tensions.