J. Cole Took a Trip to San Quentin State Prison to Meet With Inmates
J. Cole has made quite the powerful entrance while taking the stage for his 4 Your Eyez Only tour, donning an orange prison jumpsuit and was escorted to the stage by police officers. In the middle of the North American leg of the worldwide trek, Cole took the time to visit an actual prison to meet with inmates who are serving life sentences on Tuesday (Aug. 1).
Cole's manager, Ibrahim Hamad, shared photos of the "life changing experience" that shows the rapper sitting outside of the prison yard with a group of men and later, touring inside the actual facility. "We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again," Ibrahim captioned the images. "That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn't be doing it justice."
Dreamville's art director, Felton Brown -- also journeyed with Cole and Ibrahim to San Quentin State Prison -- posted photos of the "Runaway" rapper in a discussion room with some of the inmates. "Spent a day with some brothers whose stories go unheard behind the wall. Learned a lot, so much work to be done," Brown wrote. "This system will try to not give you a voice but we're listening."
Back in April 2016, J. Cole, along with fellow rappers Nicki Minaj, Pusha T and Chance the Rapper, met with President Obama to discuss Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative and criminal justice reform. On his latest effort, 4 Your Eyez Only, he even relays his thoughts on mass incarceration and police brutality.
Take a look at the images from J. Cole's trip below.