J. Cole KOD Tour in Chicago

September 23, 2018

J. Cole’s KOD tour made it’s way to Chicago at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The tour kicked off in Miami, FL on August 9, making Chicago it’s 24th stop on the 34-date tour and will finish up in Boston on October 10.  twinKonnections had an opportunity to check out the show. 

The curtains opened just enough for the first performer, Kill Edward, to be seen at the center of the stage with dim lighting. Kill Edward performed with his hood over his head with sunglasses and as he finished his performance, he told the crowd they only gave him one song and he cleared the stage.  The crowd didn't pay much attention to the performance, little did they know they missed the most important person of the night opening the show!!!!! They had no idea the opener was J. Cole as his alter ego Kill Edwards.

EARTHGANG, a hip-hop duo out of Atlanta, comprising of Johnny "Olu O. Fann" Venus and Doctur "Eian Undrai Parker" Dot got the crowd on their feet singing one of their hits “Voodo” produced by J. Cole.


Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, was up next. He owned the stage and worked it like a pro. 

Special guest Young Thug, also out of Atlanta, who was signed by Rapper Gucci Mane in 2013 rocked the crowd and got everyone hyped. Young Thug has close to 11 million monthly listeners on Spotify and he released his mixtape Super Slimy with Future and scored his first Billboard No. 1 on Camila Cabello’s “Havana”.

It was time for headliner to hit the stage. The colorful lighting illuminated the stage, the KOD signs suspended in the air, the music started to play, and J. Cole hit the stage.  Everyone was on their feet!!!!!! A much better reaction than what his alter ego Kill Edwards received, who kicked off the show.  J. Cole, the man of the hour, gave the people what they wanted. It was an awesome show. J. Cole is a conscious rapper that moves the people!!! 

J. Cole, a North Carolina native, was the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, which released his official debut Cole World: The Sideline Story in 2011.  His KOD album debuted
at #1 on April 20, 2018 making this his fifth consecutive #1 on the chart and has earned the third biggest streaming week for an album in chart history.  Check out photos from the KOD Tour in Chicago below.