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Oops! J. Cole’s NYC Mishap: Forgets Lyrics During Surprise Performance with Bas

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J. Cole experienced a moment of vulnerability during a recent performance alongside fellow rapper Bas in New York City. As the duo took the stage at Irving Plaza on Tuesday (April 9), J. Cole faced a surprising hiccup when he forgot some of his lyrics, particularly during their 2018 hit “Tribe.”

In a video capturing the moment, J. Cole candidly admits his memory lapse and turns to the audience for assistance, signaling a rare moment of humility from the seasoned performer. Despite the stumble, Cole maintained his composure, showcasing his professionalism and genuine connection with the crowd.

The incident comes amidst a wave of attention surrounding Cole, particularly after his controversial “7 Minute Drill” diss track aimed at Kendrick Lamar. During his performance at the 2024 Dreamville Festival, J. Cole publicly expressed regret for the diss, labeling it as “the lamest st I ever did in my f

king life.” This admission has sparked debate among fans, with some criticizing Cole’s retreat from the feud, while others commend his introspective approach.

Notably, Joe Budden weighed in on the matter, deeming J. Cole’s apology unacceptable and suggesting that if Cole wasn’t fully committed to the diss, he shouldn’t have pursued it in the first place.

In the aftermath of J. Cole’s forgetfulness on stage, fans took to social media to share their reactions, with some playfully attributing the mishap to his recent apology to Kendrick Lamar. However, the consensus remains that Cole’s talent and impact in the hip-hop world are undeniable, despite occasional missteps.


Despite the momentary lapse, J. Cole’s performance with Bas was met with enthusiasm, as they treated fans to renditions of “No Role Modelz” and their latest collaboration “H.Y.B.” The camaraderie between the two artists was palpable, underscoring the resilience and authenticity that define their artistry. As Cole navigates the highs and lows of his career, his willingness to embrace vulnerability only adds to his enduring appeal as one of hip-hop’s most respected figures.


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