It's good to come home when you're J. Cole.
Nicole Fara Silver for the Village Voice J. Cole takes the stage at St. John's in Queens.
The rapper returned to his New York City roots with a special homecoming performance at his alma mater, St. John's University in Queens, on April 9. Billed "The Real Is Back," the sold-out show was presented by Haraya, the Pan-African Students' Coalition — Cole was, incidentally, the president of the org back in 2007 — for current students and alumni. "It's crazy. A full-circle moment," Cole explained to the Village Voice from inside Carnesecca Arena.More »