J. Cole Says Meadows Fest Was His Last Show 'For a Very Long Time'

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J. Cole performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival on Oct. 1, 2016 in New York City. 

J. Cole's last-moment elevation to the headliner slot at Meadows Festival in New York might have been his last performance anywhere for a good while. 

The Fayetteville-raised rapper told the gathered masses on Saturday that he wouldn’t hit another stage for a “very long time.” 

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Cole made the surprise call near the end of his day-one performance at Citi Field in Queens, his second home. “Before I get out of here, listen,” he said. “This is my last show for a very long time.” The wordsmith, whose last album Forest Hills Drive dropped in 2014, didn’t elaborate on his plans. 

Cole replaced previously-announced Saturday night headliner The Weeknd, who pulled the plug citing "unforeseen scheduling conflicts," per a release.

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The inaugural four-stage New York fest wrapped up Sunday night following performances from the likes of Chance The Rapper, Kygo, Empire of the Sun, The 1975 and Kanye West, who bailed mid-set when he got word his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room.

Watch video of J. Cole’s announcement below. 


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