No matter who you are, J. Cole just celebrated a much better birthday than you will in 2014. The Born Sinner MC played The Theater at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night and received an unreal trifecta of birthday surprises on his 29th: A Jay Z appearance, a Kendrick Lamar guest spot and the original, iconic Roc-A-Fella diamond-studded chain.
Cole himself was in a giving mood, passing out free copies of his surprise mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers and revealing that his Dreamville record imprint just signed a partnership deal with Interscope.
But when Jay joined J. onstage, the master stunned the learner by giving him a piece of hip hop history: Jay's original Roc-A-Fella gold chain. "First of all, happy birthday to J. Cole. It's his birthday but he's giving out gifts," Jay said, referring to the mixtape. "So I think it's only right that you get a gift. That, on your neck, is my original Roc chain. And it's yours."
Cole graciously accepted the invaluable gift—we're talking symbolically because, an expert could obviously put a price on all those diamonds and gold—and the two rocked Hov's "F---WithMeYouKnowIGotIt" together.
Earlier in the show, Kendrick Lamar hit the stage with Cole to perform "Forbidden Fruit" as well as his own "Backseat Freestyle" and "m.A.A.d city." Lamar also made it clear that his friendship with the North Carolina MC goes beyond business. "He was one of the first cats to welcome me with open arms in this music business when I ain't know sh-- about it," Lamar said. "This is not no regular rapper friendship, this is my f--king brother right here."
Check out Cole's Revenge of the Dreamers mixtape here and watch Jay praising his protégé at MSG below, courtesy of Page31TV.